Mona Bekkhus

Associate Professor
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
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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. 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.

My current research involve examining causal mechanisms using informative designs (twin and siblings studies) to examine associations between environmental stress, epigenetic mechanisms, gene-environment interactions and child psychopathology. I am also currently conducting a longitudinal study on associations between loneliness, friendship and gaming on adolescence mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.   

I collaborate with researchers in Brisbane, (Australia) and Qubec, Ottowa (CANADA), and the UK in understanding how environmental stress and social relationships (family and peers) is associated with child psychopathology and resilience. 

 

Teaching

Psyc 2410 Wechsler test (Clinical psychology)

Psyc 3400 Test and observation of children (clinical psychology)

Psy 1200 Introduction in developmental psychology (BA)

Psy2205, Bio-Psychosocial development (BA)

Psy4205, Prevention of mental health disorder (MA)

 

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. This projects also include examining the linkage between prenatal stress, DNA methyaltion at birth and child psychopathology. In addition we also have a sub-project examining Gene Haplotype associations in family-child- trios. 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.

Cosequences of social distancing for Adolescence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people in Norway were encouraged to keep physical distance to persons outside the family. This study examines loneliness, gaming and social media use and contact with friends during the Covid-19 pandemic among 900 adolescence.  

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. University of Ottawa, and Québec University, Canada.

Tags: Developmental psychology, PROMENTA

Publications

Scientific dissemination:

  1. Bekkhus, M., Oftedal., A., Braithswaithe, E., Haugen, G., & Kaasen, G. (2020). Paternal psychological stress after detection of fetal anomaly during pregnancy. A prospective longitudinal observational study. Frontiers in Psychology (published, online 29.07.20). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01848
  2. Bekkhus, m., von Soest, T., & Fredriksen, E., (2020). Psykisk helse hos ungdom under Covid -19. Ensomhet, venner og sosiale medier. Tidskrift for Norsk Psykologforening, 492-501.
  3. Ulset, V. S., Czajkowski, N. O., Kraft, B., Kraft, P., Wikenius, E., Kleppestø, T. H., & Bekkhus, M. (2019). Are unpopular children more likely to get sick? Longitudinal links between popularity and infectious diseases in early childhood. PloS one14(9), e0222222. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222222
  4. 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
  5. Thorpe, K., Staton, S., Bekkhus, M. (2018). Twins and other multiples. The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. In press.
  6. Bekkhus, Mona; Lee, Yunsung; Nordhagen, Rannveig; Magnus, Per; Samuelsen, Sven Ove & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2017). Re-examining the link between prenatal maternal anxiety and child emotional difficulties, using a sibiling design. International Journal of Epidemiology.  ISSN 0300-5771. . doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx186 Fulltekst i vitenarkiv.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Bekkhus, M. (2016). Resiliens – hva kjennetegner ungdom som klarer seg bra? (Ch 10). I Lingås , K. og Høisøien, U. (eds). Utdanningsvalg – identitet og danning.  Gyldendal Akademisk          
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Bekkhus, M. (2013). Prososial utvikling, Kan å hjelpe føre til psycopathologi?. Psykologitidsskriftet, 13, 14-19.
  16. Bekkhus, Mona (2012). Familierisiko og atferdsvansker : årsak og virkning. Psykologi i kommunen.  ISSN 1892-3364.  47(2), s 3- 8
  17. Bekkhus, M. (2012). Resiliens. Hvorfor klarer noen barn seg på tross av risiko? Publisert online på www.forebygging.no, mai, 2012.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Bekkhus, M., (2008). i M. Helgeland (Ed,). Mestring (pp 147-162). Forebyggende Arbeid i Skolen. Kommuneforlaget, Oslo.
  • Bekkhus, Mona; oftedal, Aurora; Braithwaith, Elisabeth; Haugen, Guttorm & Kaasen, Anne (2020). Paternal psychological stress after detection of fetal anomaly during pregnancy. A prospective longitudinal observational study.. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078. . doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01848 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Bekkhus, Mona; von Soest, Tilmann & Fredriksen, Eivor (2020). Psykisk helse hos ungdommer under covid-19. Om ensomhet, venner og sosiale medier. Tidsskrift for Norsk Psykologforening.  ISSN 0332-6470.  57(7), s 492- 501
  • Ulset, Vidar; Czajkowski, Nikolai Olavi; Kraft, Brage; Kraft, Pål; Wikenius, Ellen; Kleppestø, Thomas Haarklau & Bekkhus, Mona (2019). Are unpopular children more likely to get sick? Longitudinal links between popularity and infectious diseases in early childhood. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  14(9), s 1- 14 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0222222 Full text in Research Archive.
  • 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 (PIK).  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 (PIK).  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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  • oftedahl, Aurora; Strand, Martine; Bekkhus, Mona & Kaasen, Anne (2020). PERSONALITY AS A RISK FACTOR FOR DEPRESSION AFTER THE DETECTION OF FETAL ANOMALIES.
  • Thorpe, Karen; Staton, Sally & Bekkhus, Mona (2020). Twins and Other Multiples, In Stephen Hupp & Jeremy D Jewell (ed.),  The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development.  John Wiley & Sons.  ISBN 9781119171492.  Twins and Other Multiples. Show summary
  • Bekkhus, Mona; oftedahl, Aurora & Kaasen, Anne (2019). Prenatal Risks, Parental Functioning and Child Development.
  • Skaret, Synne; Bekkhus, Mona & Borge, Anne Inger Helmen (2019). Betydning av sosial sjenanse i barndommen. Psykologi i kommunen (PIK).  ISSN 1892-3364.  (6)
  • 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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