Background and activities
I am a professor in clinical child- and adolescent psychology, and co-PI of the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS). TESS started in 2007 and comprises a sample of 1,250 children drawn from the 2003 and 2004 birth cohorts and their parents in Trondheim, Norway. In depth data (interviews, questionnaires, tests, and observations) has been collected every second year since the children were 4 years old,- from participants, parents and teachers. The eight datawave started in February 2022, the participants now being 18 years old.
The goal of the study is to determine the prevalence and course of common mental health problems, and to detail potential etiological factors.The TESS also aims to describe children’s typical development as well as determinants of individual differences in different aspects of development, such as personality, attachment, parent-child relationships, social and academic competence, self-concept, behavioral and emotional regulation, sexuality, cognition, physical activity, eating, sleep, internet gaming and social media use.
My main research areas are development of health behavior (eating, physical activity, sleep), overweight, mental health and social media use.
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Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2022) The prospective relation between eating behaviors and BMI from middle childhood to adolescence: A 5-wave community study. Preventive Medicine Reports. vol. 27.
- (2022) Longitudinal relations between impaired executive function and symptoms of psychiatric disorders in childhood. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
- (2022) Longitudinal relations between gaming, physical activity, and athletic self-esteem. Computers in Human Behavior. vol. 132.
- (2022) Parental personality disorder symptoms and children’s social skills: a prospective community study. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
- (2021) Predictors of diagnostically defined insomnia in child and adolescent community samples: a literature review. Sleep Medicine. vol. 87.
- (2021) Child and family predictors of insomnia from early childhood to adolescence. Sleep Medicine. vol. 87.
- (2021) Shared genetic architecture underlying sleep and weight in children. Sleep Medicine. vol. 83.
- (2021) The association between childhood adiposity and appetiteassessed using the Child Eating Behavior Questionnaire andBaby Eating Behavior Questionnaire: A systematic review andmeta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. vol. 22 (5).
- (2021) Persistent Short Sleep from Childhood to Adolescence: Child, Parent and Peer Predictors. Nature and Science of Sleep. vol. 13.
- (2021) Prevalence and course of anxiety disorders and symptoms from preschool to adolescence: a 6-wave community study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
- (2021) Rhinosinusitis without nasal polyps is associated with poorer health-related quality of life in COPD. Respiratory Medicine. vol. 189.
- (2020) Prevalence and stability of insomnia from preschool to early adolescence: a prospective cohort study in Norway. BMJ Paediatrics Open. vol. 4 (1).
- (2020) The co-occurrence between symptoms of internet gaming disorder and psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence: prospective relations or common causes?. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. vol. 61 (8).
- (2020) Prevalence and stability of insufficient sleep measured by actigraphy: a prospective community study. Pediatric Research. vol. 88.
- (2020) Temperament as a predictor of eating behavior in middle childhood – A fixed effects approach. Appetite. vol. 150 (104640).
- (2020) The impact of social media use on appearance self-esteem from childhood to adolescence – A 3-wave community study. Computers in Human Behavior. vol. 114.
- (2019) Health-related quality of life after camp-based family obesity treatment: an RCT. BMJ Paediatrics Open. vol. 3 (1).
- (2019) Emotional Over- and Undereating in Children: A Longitudinal Analysis of Child and Contextual Predictors. Child Development. vol. 90 (6).
- (2019) Parental predictors of children’s executive functioning from ages 6 to 10. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. vol. 37 (3).
- (2019) Confirmation of the Factor Structure and Reliability of the ‘Adult Eating Behavior Questionnaire’ in an Adolescent Sample. Frontiers in Psychology. vol. 10.