Bente Træen

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Phone +47-22845178
Room S04-17
Available hours By agreement
Visiting address Harald Schjelderups hus Forskningsveien 3A 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

Works with research in the field of health psychology, mainly:

  • Sexual behaviour and sexual dysfunction

  • Sexology

  • Alcohol consumption

  • Dental health behaviour

  • Health promotion/education

  • Effect of horse activities and equine therapy


PSY 4600 - Samfunn, helse og utvikling

PSY 2101 - Helsepsykologi

Higher education and employment history

  • Professor of Health psychology, UiO, fra 2012 →

  • 20% communication advisor, The Department of Health, Universitety of Tromsø, 2010 →

  • Professor of Health psychology, Universitetet i Tromsø, 2001-2012

  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (forskningsassistent, postdocstipendiat, forskerstipend), 1995-2001, 1988-1991

  • Dr. Philos. Fra UiO 1993

  • The Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, 1991-1994

  • Dentist (clinical practice), The Norwegian Directorate of Health (consultant), Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Oslo (PhD candidate), 1985-1987

  • Cand. Odont, UiO 1985


The Norwegian Research Council’s prize for outstanding communication in 2003

Tags: Health psychology, Social Psychology


  • Fischer, Nantje; Træen, Bente & Hald, Gert Martin (2018). Predicting Partnered Sexual Activity among Older Adults in Four European Countries: The Role of Attitudes, Health and Relationship Factors. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994. . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2018.1468560 Show summary
  • Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Træen, Bente; Markovic, Aleksandra & von Soest, Tilmann (2018). Body Image Development and Sexual Satisfaction: A Prospective Study From Adolescence to Adulthood. Journal of Sex Research.  ISSN 0022-4499. . doi: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1518400 Show summary
  • Prell, Emilie & Træen, Bente (2018). Minority Stress and Mental Health Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women in Norway. Journal of Bisexuality.  ISSN 1529-9716.
  • Schaller, Sidsel; Træen, Bente; Kvalem, Ingela Lundin & Hinchliff, Sharron (2018). Linking the past and the present: constructing meaning from childhood emotional and sexual experiences towards present sexual well-being in older adults. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994. . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2018.1539227
  • Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Hinchliff, Sharron; Jurin, Tanja; Carvalheira, Ana & Træen, Bente (2018). Successful aging, changes in sexual interest and sexual enjoyment in couples from four European countries. European Journal of Ageing.  ISSN 1613-9372.
  • Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Hinchliff, Sharron; Jurin, Tanja; Hald, Gert Martin & Træen, Bente (2018). Successful Aging and Changes in Sexual Interest and Enjoyment among Older European Men and Women. Journal of Sexual Medicine.  ISSN 1743-6095.  15(10), s 1393- 1402 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2018.08.011
  • Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Jurin, Tanja; Graham, Cynthia; Enzlin, Paul & Træen, Bente (2018). Sexual well-being in older men and women: Construction and validation of a multi-dimensional measure in four European countries. Journal of Happiness Studies.  ISSN 1389-4978. . doi: 10.1007/s10902-018-0049-1
  • Træen, Bente (2018). Predictors of internalized homonegativity in Norwegian men who have sex with men (MSM).. Scandinavian Psychologist.  ISSN 1894-5570.  5(1) . doi:
  • Træen, Bente; Carvalheira, Ana; Hald, Gert Martin; Lange, Theis & Kvalem, Ingela Lundin (2018). Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Older Men and Women Across Europe: Similarities, Differences, and Associations with Their Sex Lives. Sexuality & Culture.  ISSN 1095-5143.  s 1- 25 . doi: Show summary
  • Træen, Bente; Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Janssen, Erick; Carvalheira, Ana; Hald, Gert Martin; Lange, Theis & Graham, Cynthia (2018). Sexual Activity and Sexual Satisfaction among Older Adults in Four European Countries. Archives of Sexual Behavior.  ISSN 0004-0002.  s 1- 15 . doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1256-x
  • Træen, Bente; Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Jurin, Tanja & Hald, Gert Martin (2018). Seventy-five years old and still going strong: Stability and change in sexual interest and sexual enjoyment in elderly men and women across Europe. International Journal of Sexual Health.  ISSN 1931-7611. . doi: 10.1080/19317611.2018.1472704
  • Træen, Bente; Carvalheira, Ana; Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Janssen, Erick; Graham, Cynthia; Hald, Gert Martin & Enzlin, Paul (2017). Sexuality in Older Adults (65+)—An Overview of the Recent Literature, Part 2: Body Image and Sexual Satisfaction. International Journal of Sexual Health.  ISSN 1931-7611.  29(1), s 11- 21 . doi: 10.1080/19317611.2016.1227012
  • Træen, Bente; Hald, Gert Martin; Graham, Cynthia; Enzlin, Paul; Janssen, Erick; Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Carvalheira, Ana & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2017). Sexuality in Older Adults (65+)?An Overview of the Literature, Part 1: Sexual Function and its Difficulties. International Journal of Sexual Health.  ISSN 1931-7611.  29(1), s 1- 10 . doi: 10.1080/19317611.2016.1224286
  • Fischer, Nantje & Træen, Bente (2016). Medisinstudenters intensjon om å tematisere seksualitet i behandlingsrommet. Scandinavian Psychologist.  ISSN 1894-5570.  3(e14) . doi: 10.15714/scandpsychol.3.e14
  • Henning, Oliver Johannes; Nakken, Karl Otto; Træen, Bente; Mowinckel, Petter & Lossius, Morten (2016). Sexual problems in people with refractory epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior.  ISSN 1525-5050.  61, s 174- 179 . doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.05.038
  • Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Træen, Bente & Iantaffi, Alex (2016). Internet Pornography Use, Body Ideals, and Sexual Self-Esteem in Norwegian Gay and Bisexual Men. Journal of Homosexuality.  ISSN 0091-8369.  63(4), s 522- 540 . doi: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1083782
  • Træen, Bente (2016). Norwegian young adults’ attitudes toward and experience of kinky sexual activities. Scandinavian Psychologist.  ISSN 1894-5570.  3(e15) . doi: 10.15714/scandpsychol.3.e15
  • Træen, Bente; Markovic, Aleksandra & Kvalem, Ingela Lundin (2016). Sexual satisfaction and body image: a cross-sectional study among Norwegian young adults. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994.  31(2), s 123- 137 . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2015.1131815 Show summary
  • Træen, Bente; Samuelsen, Sven Ove & Roen, Katrina (2016). Sexual Debut Ages in Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young Adults in Norway. Sexuality & Culture.  ISSN 1095-5143.  s 1- 18 . doi: 10.1007/s12119-016-9353-2 Show summary
  • Carlsson, Catharina; Nilsson Ranta, Daniel & Træen, Bente (2015). Mentalizing and Emotional Labor Facilitate Equine-Assisted Social Work with Self-harming Adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.  ISSN 0738-0151.  32(4), s 329- 339 . doi: 10.1007/s10560-015-0376-6
  • Carvalheira, Ana; Træen, Bente & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2015). Masturbation and Pornography Use Among Coupled Heterosexual Men With Decreased Sexual Desire: How Many Roles of Masturbation?. Journal of sex & marital therapy.  ISSN 0092-623X.  41(6), s 626- 635 . doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2014.958790
  • Hald, Gert Martin; Træen, Bente; Noor, Syed W; Iantaffi, Alex; Galos, Dylan & Rosser, Simon (2015). Does Sexually Explicit Media (SEM) affect me? Assessing first-person effects of SEM consumption among Norwegian men who have sex with men. Psychology & Sexuality.  ISSN 1941-9899.  6(1), s 59- 74 . doi: 10.1080/19419899.2014.984516
  • Træen, Bente; Noor, Syed W; Hald, Gert Martin; Rosser, B. R. Simon; Brady, Sonya S.; Erickson, Darin J.; Galos, Dylan L.; Grey, Jeremy A.; Horvath, Keith J.; Iantaffi, Alex; Kilian, Gudruna & Wilkerson, J. Michael (2015). Examining the relationship between use of sexually explicit media and sexual risk behavior in a sample of men who have sex with men in Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.  ISSN 0036-5564.  56(3), s 290- 296 . doi: 10.1111/sjop.12203
  • Træen, Bente; Westerberg, Ane Cecilie; Ono Njøten, Mette & Røysamb, Espen (2015). Predictors of Self-Efficacy in Norwegian Competition Riders. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.  ISSN 0737-0806.  35(10), s 807- 814 . doi: 10.1016/j.jevs.2015.07.021
  • Bentzen, Anne Sofie & Træen, Bente (2014). Swinging in Norway in the Context of Sexual Health. Sexuality & Culture.  ISSN 1095-5143.  18(1), s 132- 148 . doi: 10.1007/s12119-013-9181-6 Show summary
  • Carlsson, Catharina; Nilsson-Ranta, Daniel & Træen, Bente (2014). Equine assisted social work as a mean for authentic relations between Clients and their staff. Human-animal interaction bulletin.  ISSN 0123-4560.  2(1), s 19- 38
  • Carvalheira, Ana; Træen, Bente & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2014). Correlates of Men's Sexual Interest: A Cross-Cultural Study. Journal of Sexual Medicine.  ISSN 1743-6095.  11(1), s 154- 164 . doi: 10.1111/jsm.12345
  • Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Træen, Bente; Lewin, Bo & Alexandar, Stulhofer (2014). Self-perceived effects of Internet pornography use, genital appearance satisfaction, and sexual self-esteem among young Scandinavian adults. Cyberpsychology : Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace.  ISSN 1802-7962.  8(4) . doi: 10.5817/CP2014-4-4 Show summary
  • Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Træen, Bente; Lewin, Bo & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2014). Self-perceived effects of Internet pornography use, genital appearance satisfaction and sexual self-esteem among Young Scandinavian adults. Cyberpsychology : Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace.  ISSN 1802-7962.  8(4)
  • Træen, Bente; Hald, Gert Martin; Noor, Syed W; Iantaffi, Alex; Grey, Jeremy A. & Rosser, B. R. Simon (2014). The Relationship Between Use of Sexually Explicit Media and Sexual Risk Behavior in Men Who Have Sex with Men: Exploring the Mediating Effects of Sexual Self-Esteem and Condom Use Self-Efficacy. International Journal of Sexual Health.  ISSN 1931-7611.  26(1), s 13- 24 . doi: 10.1080/19317611.2013.823900
  • Træen, Bente; Noor, Syed W; Grey, Jeremy A.; Iantaffi, Alex; Rosser, Simon & Hald, Gert Martin (2014). Sexually Explicit Media and Sexual Risk Behavior in a Sample of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Norway. Sexuality & Culture.  ISSN 1095-5143.  18, s 1038- 1051 . doi: 10.1007/s12119-014-9238-1
  • Rosser, B. R. S.; Smolenski, D; Erickson, D.; Iantaffi, Alex; Brady, S. S.; Grey, Jeremy A.; Hald, Gert Martin; Horvath, K.; Kilian, G.; Træen, Bente & Wilkerson, J. M. (2013). The Effects of Gay Sexually Explicit Media on the HIV Risk Behavior of Men Who Have Sex with Men. Aids and Behavior.  ISSN 1090-7165.  17(4), s 1488- 1498 . doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0454-8 Show summary
  • Stige, Signe Hjelen; Binder, Per-Einar; Rosenvinge, Jan H & Træen, Bente (2013). Stories from the road of recovery - How adult, female survivors of childhood trauma experience ways to positive change. Nordic Psychology.  ISSN 1901-2276.  65(1), s 3- 18 . doi: 10.1080/19012276.2013.796083
  • Stige, Signe Hjelen; Rosenvinge, Jan H & Træen, Bente (2013). A meaningful struggle: Trauma clients' experiences with an inclusive stabilization group approach. Psychotherapy Research.  ISSN 1050-3307.  23(4), s 419- 429 . doi: 10.1080/10503307.2013.778437
  • Stige, Signe Hjelen; Træen, Bente & Rosenvinge, Jan H (2013). The Process Leading to Help Seeking Following Childhood Trauma. Qualitative Health Research.  ISSN 1049-7323.  23(10), s 1295- 1306 . doi: 10.1177/1049732313503907
  • Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Carvalheira, Ana & Træen, Bente (2013). Is Responsive Sexual Desire for Partnered Sex Problematic among Men? Insights from a Two-Country Study. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994.  28(3), s 246- 258 . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2012.756137 Show summary
  • Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Træen, Bente & Carvalheira, Ana (2013). Job-related strain and sexual health difficulties among heterosexual men from three European countries: The role of culture and emotional support. Journal of Sexual Medicine.  ISSN 1743-6095.  10(3), s 747- 756 . doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02967.x Show summary
  • Træen, Bente (2013). One night stands, In Leo Bormans (ed.),  The book of love.  Tielt.  ISBN 9789401409230.  Kappittel.  s 164 - 167
  • Træen, Bente & Schaller, Sidsel (2013). Seksualitet som tema blant norske psykologer i klinisk praksis. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  50(2), s 98- 107
  • Træen, Bente & Schaller, Sidsel (2013). Talking to patients about sexual issues: Experiences of Norwegian psychologists. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994.  28(3), s 281- 291 . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2013.768338
  • Træen, Bente; Stulhofer, Aleksandar & Carvalheira, Ana (2013). Satisfaction with the division of housework, partner’s perceived attractiveness, emotional intimacy, and sexual satisfaction in married or cohabiting Norwegian middle-class men. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994.  28(3), s 215- 229 . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2013.808323
  • Træen, Bente; Stulhofer, Aleksandar & Carvalheira, Ana (2013). The associations among satisfaction with the division of housework, partner's perceived attractiveness, emotional intimacy, and sexual satisfaction in a sample of married or cohabiting Norwegian middle-class men. Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  ISSN 1468-1994.  28(3), s 215- 229 . doi: 10.1080/14681994.2013.808323
  • Træen, Bente & Thuen, Frode (2013). Relationship problems and extradyadic romantic and sexual activity in a Web-sample of Norwegian men and women. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.  ISSN 0036-5564.  54(2), s 137- 145 . doi: 10.1111/sjop.12013 Show summary
  • Karlsen, Monica & Træen, Bente (2012). Identifying 'friends with benefits' scripts among young adults in the Norwegian cultural context". Sexuality & Culture.  ISSN 1095-5143.  17(1), s 83- 99 . doi: 10.1007/s12119-012-9140-7 Show summary

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  • Carvalheira, Ana; Graham, Cynthia & Træen, Bente (2018). Sexual avoidance among older adults across Europe.
  • Fischer, Nantje; Træen, Bente & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2018). The Mechanisms between Sexual Interest and Sexual Satisfaction among Older Partnered Adults in Europe: A Moderated Mediation Model.
  • Janssen, Erick; Enzlin, Paul & Træen, Bente (2018). Predictors of sexual and relationship satisfaction in European couples and individuals, with emphasis on the role of physical intimacy and nonsexual touch.
  • Kvalem, Ingela Lundin; Carvalheira, Ana & Træen, Bente (2018). Healthy sexual aging: Body image and sexual satisfaction - A comparison across four European countries.
  • Schaller, Sidsel; Træen, Bente & Kvalem, Ingela Lundin (2018). Barriers and facilitating elements in help seeking in Norwegian interviewees' accounts.
  • Træen, Bente (2018). Eldre og seksualitet - status på forskning.
  • Eidsaa, Randi Margrethe; Kharatyan, Mariam; Despard, Annabelle; Svalsrød, Roger; Træen, Bente; Støkken, Anne Marie; Berget, Bente; Johansen, Bjørn Tore; Lübbe, Ann Cathrin & Kok, Vincent (2017). Tverrfaglig symposium i en kunstnerisk kontekst med utgangspunkt i fotograf Roger Svalsrøds utstilling Shaken 'n Stirred.
  • Træen, Bente (2017). Bruk av seksuelt eksplisitte medier og seksuell risikoatferd hos norske menn som har sex med menn. BestPractice Infeksjonsmedisin NO nr. 5..
  • Træen, Bente (2017). Seksualitet og seksualatferd, I: Knut Inge Klepp & Leif Edvard Aarø (red.),  Ungdom, livsstil og helsefremmende arbeid.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-46398-1.  Kapittel 14.  s 287 - 304
  • Træen, Bente; Stulhofer, Aleksandar; Janssen, Erick; Graham, Cynthia; Hald, Gert Martin; Enzlin, Paul & Carvalheira, Ana (2016). Healthy sexual aging: Sexual function and sexual well-being in older European adults.  s 61- 63
  • Benestad, Esben Esther Pirell; Landmark, Brynjar Fowels; Fjeld, Wenche; Schaller, Sidsel & Træen, Bente (2015). Sexuality as a topic in clinical practise amongst Norwegian health personel.
  • Henning, Oliver Johannes; Træen, Bente & Nakken, Karl Otto (2014). Sexual dysfunction and sexual well-being in People With epilepsy in Norway.
  • Træen, Bente (2014). Dette vet vi om porno. Dagbladet.  ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Træen, Bente & Sveen, Heidi Helene (2014). Porno er ikke farlig.
  • Carvalheira, Ana; Træen, Bente & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2013). Pornography use and masturbation among heterosexal men With lacked sexual interest: Diverse patterns of sexual arousal?.
  • Træen, Bente (2013). Den seksuelle lavalderens symbolverdi. Ytring : NRK.
  • Træen, Bente (2013, 20. august). Jenter syke av sexpress.  VG.
  • Træen, Bente & Stulhofer, Aleksandar (2013). The Consumption of Sexually Explicit Media (SEM) Among Young Adults in Norway.
  • Schaller, Sissel & Træen, Bente (2012). Talking to patients about sexual issues - Norwegian psychologists' experiences.
  • Syse, Aslak; Brumoen, Trine Kjus; Fangen, Kim; Frøland, Stig Sophus; Hofmann, Bjørn; Hognerud, Inger-Lise; Keller-Fløystad, Jannicke; Moseng, Bera Ulstein; Skjelmerud, Anne; Søbstad, Øystein; Thorheim, Karl Otto & Træen, Bente (2012). Om kjærlighet og kjøletårn: strafferettslige spørsmål ved alvorlige smittsomme sykdommer. NOU - Norges offentlige utredninger. 2012/17.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 14. mars). Alt om seksualitet på 5 minutter. [Internett].  www.nrk/skole.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 22. november). Barn er avhengige av porno.  VG.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 01. november). Bli en mester i senga.  Dagbladets God Torsdag.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 07. september). De aseksuelle.  Agderposten.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 24. november). De fleste som er utro er det med en kollega.  Dagbladet.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 08. september). De uinteresserte. En prosent av befolkningen er aseksuelle.  Drammens tidende.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 28. juni). Deler sexbilder på mobilen.  VG.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 10. april). Derfor blir du våryr. [Internett].
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 14. september). Derfor elsker vi mykporno sex.  Dagbladet.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 02. september). Det er greit ikke å ha til lyst å prøve dette.  VG.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 17. juni). Dette liker vi best:.  VG.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 23. mars). Dette tenner virkelig kvinner.  Dagbladet.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 17. august). Eks på omgang.  Elle.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 31. mars). Fifty shades of grey.  Magasinet, Dagbladet.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 23. oktober). Fifty shades of grey & BDSM. [Radio].  NRK P1 Norgesglasset.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 07. november). Flere hundre kilo glede.  Romerikes blad.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 09. februar). Forsker: - Det er et grusomt svik. Hvordan er det å være ung i møte med personer med makt og posisjon?.  Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 03. juli). Friends with benefits. [Radio].  NRK P1 Norgesglasset.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 07. juni). Få mer lyst.  Dagbladet God Torsdag!.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 10. november). Gjenbruk. [Radio].  NRK P1 Jacobsen på lørdag.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 22. mars). Gla'nyheten? SEX blir bare bedre og BEDRE med årene!.  KK.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 03. april). Gratisk p-piller til jenter under 25 år. [Radio].  Norraførr, NRK P1.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 16. mars). Gruppesex.  Elle.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 14. mars). Hemmeligheten bak superorgasmen.  Dagbladet.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 07. april). Hestebasert terapi hjelper.  iTromsø.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 10. april). Hesteterapi mot spiseforstyrrelser. [Internett].
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 09. desember). Holdt det litt hemmelig.  Dagens Næringsliv.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 30. august). Husmorporno kan føre til baby boom.  Foreldre og barn.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 20. september). Hva gjør du når barnet leker med tissen sin?. [Internett].  NRK.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 20. februar). Hver tredje voldtekt skjer på nachspiel og fest.  Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Træen, Bente (2012). Hvor tilfredse er nordmenn med sexlivet sitt?.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 08. desember). Kan bli beruset på seg selv.  Avisa Nordland.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 12. oktober). Kan du de 12 kondomreglene?. [Internett].
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 12. april). Kvinner er mest vårkåte ... men mannen er på sitt beste i august.  Dagbladet.
  • Træen, Bente (2012, 03. september). Kvinner ser porno med mannen.  GG.

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