Mona Bekkhus

Associate Professor
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Academic interests

My research is focused on developmental psycopathology and how psychososcial risk is associated with individual differences in early to middle childhood. In particular my research is focused on how early adversity influence developmental psychopathology, using large scale cohort data examining prenatal stress, parental anxiety and depression and potential causal pathways influencing child development. 

My research also involve how various support systems such as sibling relationship, friendships and group day-care may bring about resilience in children.  Of particular interest in this context are the transactional mechanisms between children’s genetic liabilities and environmental influences that explain the links between behaviour problems or emotional difficulties, on the one hand, and child adjustment, on the other hand.

I collaborate with researchers in Brisbane, (Australia) and Qubec, Ottowa (CANADA), and the UK in understanding how social relationships (family and peers) is associated with child behaviour problems, emotional difficulties and resilience. 

 

Teaching

Psyc 2410 Wechleor test

Psyc 3400, Test and observation of children (clinical psychology)

Psyc3200 , Introduction in developmental psychology (clinical psychology)

Psy 1200 Introduction in developmental psychology (BA)

Psy2205, Psychosocial development (BA)

Psy4205, prevention of mental health disorder (MA)

Psy4521 Project Development (MA)

Mona Bekkhus teach lectures in Resilience and developmental psychology at colleges and the university

Research Project

Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology (PI)

This project focuses on developmental processes that lead to psychopathology, starting in pregnancy and continuing into childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in early adversity, a special focus will be on the role of social gradients in early life stress, and focus on the biological pathways through which social gradients influence developmental psychopathology.

Maternal and paternal anxiety and child outcomes: Gene Haplotype associations in family-child- trios:  (sub-project in MoBa and Harvest).

In this project we aim to gain a better understanding of overlapp in genotypes between mother and child by examining  maternal effects and parent-of-origin effects.

Long and shorter effect of prenatal exposure to maternal anxiety on child behavior. A re-examination using a sibling design. (collaboration with Prof.Per Magnus)

This is a sub-project of the Mother and Child Cohort study, where we apply a sibling-comparison design to examine prenatal environmental exposures such as maternal anxiety and nutrition on child emotional and behavioral difficulties.

The matter of the first friendship, in Collaboration with Prof. Anne Inger Helmen Borge

The main objective in this study is to examine the development and matter of the first friendship in childhood and implications for later functioning as adolescents. Second we aim examine early predictors of later mental and physical health of young people (i.e. the relationship between children's behavior, quality in family and daycare). We have followed 600 children from the daycare into adolescence in two municipalities outside of Oslo.

 

Higher education and employment history

  Mona  has a Ph.d. in Psychology From the University of Oslo.

  • Mona has a Master degree in psychology from the University of Oslo

  • Mona has been a guest researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia.

  • Mona has experience from the working within the field of drug addiction and Psychiatry, she has also worked In School Psychology, in P.P. Services 

Cooperation

Mona is collaborating with reserachers from Oxford University, Kings College London, University of London and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia

Tags: Developmental psychology

Publications

Scientific dissemination:

  1. Ulset VS, Czajkowski NO, Kraft B, Kraft P, Wikenius E, KleppestøTH, Bekkhus M. (2019) Are unpopularchildren more likely to get sick? Longitudinal links between popularity and infectiousdiseases in early childhood. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222222.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0222222
  2. Bekkhus, M., Lee, Y., Samuelsen, S. O., Magnus, P., Borge, A. I. H. (2018). Re-examining the link between prenatal maternal anxiety and child emotional difficulties using a sibling design. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47,  (1), 156–165, https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyx186   
  3. Lezhnieva, N., Fredriksen, P.M., Bekkhus, M. (2018). Peer relationship and quality of life in 11-12-year-old children: The Health Oriented Pedagogical Project (HOPP). Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 46 (21_suppl), 74-81.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1403494818767788
  4. Wikenius, E., Bekkhus, M., Marthinsen, P.G., & Myhre, A.M. (Accepted 5th of Mai 2017). A systematic review of early stress and epigenetic variation (Betydningen av stress tidlig i livet for epigenetisk variasjon - Hva vet vi, hva betyr det?"). Norsk Tidsskrift for Psykologiforeningen.
  5. Ulset, V. Vitaro, F., Brendgen, M.R., Bekkhus, M., & Borge, A.I.H. (2017). Time spent outdoors during preschool: Links with children's cognitive and behavioral Development. Journal of Environmental Psychology.  ISSN 0272-4944.  52, s 69- 80. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.05.007 
  6. Künzelen, H. Bekkhus, M., Thorpe, K., Borge, A.I.H. (2016). Potential traumatic events in early childhood and

    behavioural resilience: a longitudinal case control study. European Journal of Developmental Psychology.Online,

    doi: 10.1080/17405629.2016.1150174

  7. Bekkhus, M., Bregden, M., Czajkowski, O. N., Vitaro, F., Dionne, G., Boivin, M. (2016). Associations between sibling relationship quality and friendship quality in early adolescence: Looking at the Case of Twins. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 19 (2), 125-35
  8. Bekkhus, M. (2016). Resiliens –Hva kjennetegner ungdom som klarer seg bra? I Lingås, L.G. & Høsøien, U. (Eds). Kap. 9. Utdanningsvalg –identitet og danning. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS.
  9. Bekkhus, M., Staton, S., Borge, A. I. H., Thorpe, K. (2014). Do twins differ from single-born children on rates of behavioural difficulty in early childhood? A study of sibling relationship risk factors. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 17, (4), 288-295.
  10. Bekkhus, M & Bowes, L. (2013). Invited Section in Handbook on Well-being Prosocial development, Ben-Arieh, Asher, Casas, Ferran, Frones, Ivar. and Korbin, Jill E. (Eds.) (2013) Handbook of Child Well-Being. Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective. Dorcrecht: Springer.
  11. Bowes, L., & Bekkhus, M. (2013). Invited Section in Handbook on Well-being, The happy family. Ben-Arieh, Asher, Casas, Ferran, Frones, Ivar. and Korbin, Jill E. (Eds.) (2013) Handbook of Child Well-Being. Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective. Dorcrecht: Springer. 
  12. Bekkhus, Mona. Kan "å hjelpe" føre til psykopatologi?. Psykologisk tidsskrift 2013 ;Volum 17.(01) s. 14-19
  13. Bekkhus, Mona. Familierisiko og atferdsvansker : årsak og virkning. Psykologi i kommunen 2012 ;Volum 47.(2) s. 3-8
  14. Bekkhus, Mona. Pre -and postnatal risk research and behaviour problems in early childhood. A longitudinal cohort study from early preganncy to 36 months.. Unipub forlag 2012 53 s.
  15. Bekkhus, Mona. Resiliens -hvorfor klarer noen barn seg på tross av risiko? (2012) Publisert online på forebygging.no
  16. Bekkhus, Mona; Rutter, Michael; Barker, Edward D; Borge, Anne Inger Helmen. The Role of Pre- and Postnatal Timing of Family Risk Factors on Child Behavior at 36 months. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2011 ;Volum 39.(4) s. 611-621
  17. Bekkhus, Mona; Rutter, Michael; Maughan, Barbara; Borge, Anne Inger Helmen. The effects of group daycare in the context of paid maternal leave and high quality provision.. European Journal of Developmental Psychology 2011 ;Volum 8.(6) s. 681-696
  18. Bekkhus, Mona; Staton, Sally; Borge, Anne Inger Helmen; Thorpe, Karen. Conflict, Closeness and Comfort: The Inter-Twin Relationship as a Risk Factor for Behavioral Difficulties. Twin Research and Human Genetics 2011 ;Volum 14.(5) s. 444-451
  19. Bekkhus, M; Skjøthaug, Thomas; Nordhagen, Rannveig; Borge, AIH. Intrauterine exposure to caffeine and inattention/overactivity in children. Acta Paediatrica 2010 ;Volum 99.(6) s. 925-928
  20. Bekkhus, M., (2008). i M. Helgeland (Ed,). Mestring (pp 147-162). Forebyggende Arbeid i Skolen. Kommuneforlaget, Oslo.

 
 


 

  • Bekkhus, Mona; Lee, Yunsung; Nordhagen, Rannveig; Magnus, Per; Samuelsen, Sven Ove & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2018). Re-examining the link between prenatal maternal anxiety and child emotional difficulties, using a sibling design. International Journal of Epidemiology.  ISSN 0300-5771.  47(1), s 156- 165 . doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx186 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Lezhnieva, Natalia; Fredriksen, Per Morten & Bekkhus, Mona (2018). Peer relationships and quality of life in 11-12-year-old children: The Health Oriented Pedagogical Project (HOPP). Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.  ISSN 1403-4948.  46(21), s 74- 81 . doi: 10.1177/1403494818767788 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ulset, Vidar; Vitaro, Frank; Brendgen, Mara Rosemarie; Bekkhus, Mona & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2017). Time spent outdoors during preschool: Links with children's cognitive and behavioral Development.. Journal of Environmental Psychology.  ISSN 0272-4944.  52, s 69- 80 . doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.05.007
  • Wikenius, Ellen; Bekkhus, Mona; Martinsen, Pål Gunnar & Myhre, Anne Margrethe (2017). Betydningen av stress tidlig i livet for epigenetisk variasjon : hva vet vi, og hva betyr det?. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  54(7), s 626- 636
  • Bekkhus, Mona; Brendgen, Mara; Czajkowski, Nikolai Olavi; Vitaro, Frank; Dionne, Ginette & Boivin, Michel (2016). Associations between Sibling Relationship Quality and Friendship Quality in Early Adolescence: Looking at the Case of Twins. Twin Research and Human Genetics.  ISSN 1832-4274.  19(2), s 125- 135 . doi: 10.1017/thg.2016.9
  • Küenzlen, Heidi; Bekkhus, Mona; Thorpe, Karen & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2016). Potential traumatic events in early childhood and behavioural resilience: a longitudinal case control study. European Journal of Developmental Psychology.  ISSN 1740-5629.  13(3), s 394- 406 . doi: 10.1080/17405629.2016.1150174
  • Bekkhus, Mona (2014). Kan barn være utsatt for risiko før de er født? Om prenatale virkningsmekanismer. Psykologi i kommunen.  ISSN 1892-3364.  49(2), s 17- 22
  • Bekkhus, Mona; Staton, Sally; Borge, Anne Inger Helmen & Thorpe, Karen (2014). Do twins differ from single-born children on rates of behavioral difficulty in early childhood? a study of sibling relationship risk factors. Twin Research and Human Genetics.  ISSN 1832-4274.  17(4), s 288- 295 . doi: 10.1017/thg.2014.39
  • Holte, Arne; Barry, Margaret M.; Bekkhus, Mona; Borge, Anne Inger Helmen; Bowes, Lucy; Casas, Ferran; Friborg, Oddgeir; Grinde, Bjørn; Headey, Bruce; Jozefiak, Thomas; Lekhal, Rabit; Marks, Nic; Muffels, Ruud; Nes, Ragnhild Bang; Røysamb, Espen; Thimm, Jens; Torgersen, Svenn; Trommsdorff, Gisela; Veenhoven, Ruut; Vittersø, Joar; Waaktaar, Trine; Wagner, Gert G.; Wang, Catharina E.; Wold, Bente & Zachrisson, Henrik Daae (2014). Psychology of Child Well-Being, In Asher Ben-Arieh; Ferran Casas; Ivar Frønes & Jill E. Korbin (ed.),  Handbook of child well-being : theories, methods and policies in global perspective.  Springer.  ISBN 978-90-481-9062-1.  20.  s 555 - 631
  • Bekkhus, Mona (2012). Familierisiko og atferdsvansker : årsak og virkning. Psykologi i kommunen.  ISSN 1892-3364.  47(2), s 3- 8
  • Bekkhus, Mona; Rutter, Michael; Barker, Edward D & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2011). The Role of Pre- and Postnatal Timing of Family Risk Factors on Child Behavior at 36 months. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.  ISSN 0091-0627.  39(4), s 611- 621 . doi: 10.1007/s10802-010-9477-z
  • Bekkhus, Mona; Rutter, Michael; Maughan, Barbara & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2011). The effects of group daycare in the context of paid maternal leave and high quality provision. European Journal of Developmental Psychology.  ISSN 1740-5629.  8(6), s 681- 696 . doi: 10.1080/17405629.2011.602232
  • Bekkhus, Mona; Staton, Sally; Borge, Anne Inger Helmen & Thorpe, Karen (2011). Conflict, Closeness and Comfort: The Inter-Twin Relationship as a Risk Factor for Behavioral Difficulties. Twin Research and Human Genetics.  ISSN 1832-4274.  14(5), s 444- 451 . doi: 10.1375/twin.14.5.444
  • Bekkhus, M; Skjøthaug, Thomas; Nordhagen, Rannveig & Borge, AIH (2010). Intrauterine exposure to caffeine and inattention/overactivity in children. Acta Paediatrica.  ISSN 0803-5253.  99(6), s 925- 928 . doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.01744.x

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  • Bekkhus, Mona (2008). Mestring. kommuneforlaget.  ISBN 8244612487.  15 s.

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  • Bekkhus, Mona (2013). Kan "å hjelpe" føre til psykopatologi?. Psykologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 1501-7508.  17(01), s 14- 19
  • Bekkhus, Mona (2012). Pre -and postnatal risk research and behaviour problems in early childhood. A longitudinal cohort study from early preganncy to 36 months.
  • Bekkhus, Mona (2012). Resiliens -hvorfor klarer noen barn seg på tross av risiko?.

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