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Högberg, B., Strandh, M., Petersen, S. & Johansson, K. (2019). Education system stratification and health complaints among school-aged children. Social Science and Medicine, 220, 159-166
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Education system stratification and health complaints among school-aged children
2019 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 220, p. 159-166Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research shows that the school environment is an important social determinant of health among children and adolescents. However, we know virtually nothing of the health consequences of national education systems and policies, for example the stratification of pupils by academic ability. This study aimed to investigate if education system stratification is related to self-reported psychological and somatic health complaints of pupils aged 11 to 15, and social inequalities in such health complaints.

Survey data from the Health Behaviors of School-aged Children (HBSC) survey, covering 33 countries and more than 180 000 pupils in primary and lower secondary school, were used. Multilevel models showed that education system stratification was not associated with the average levels of health complaints of pupils, but cross-level interaction effects showed that stratification moderated the relationship between social background and health complaints, such that inequalities in health complaints were smaller in countries with more stratified systems. Moreover, this moderating effect was mediated by the school learning environmentand social relations in school. Specifically, social inequalities in school pressure, academic self-concept, school climate, and school satisfaction were smaller in more stratified education systems, which in turn accounted for smaller inequalities in health complaints in these countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Health complaints, Health inequalities, Education systems, Schools Children, Adolescents, Multilevel, Comparative research
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155320 (URN)10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.11.007 (DOI)000456222400017 ()30445341 (PubMedID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00048Swedish Research Council, 2018-03870_3
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved
Högberg, B., Strandh, M., Baranowska-Rataj, A. & Johansson Sevä, I. (2018). Ageing, health inequalities and the welfare state: a multilevel analysis. Journal of European Social Policy, 28(4), 311-325
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ageing, health inequalities and the welfare state: a multilevel analysis
2018 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 311-325Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Comparative studies of health inequalities have largely neglected age and ageing aspects, while ageing research has often paid little attention to questions of social inequalities. This article investigates cross-country differences in gradients in self-rated health and limiting long-standing illness (LLSI) in middle-aged and in older people (aged 50–64 and 65–80 years) linked to social class, and degrees to which the social health gradients are associated with minimum pension levels and expenditure on elderly care. For these purposes, data from the European Social Survey (2002–2010) are analysed using multilevel regression techniques. We find significant cross-level interaction effects between class and welfare policies: higher expenditure on elderly care and particularly more generous minimum pensions are associated with smaller health inequalities in the older age group (65–80 years). It is concluded that welfare policies moderate the association between social class and health, highlighting the importance of welfare state efforts for older persons, who are strongly reliant on the welfare state and welfare state arrangements such as pensions and care policies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
health equity, LLSI, social class, social gradient, subjective health
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143461 (URN)10.1177/0958928717739234 (DOI)000445639900001 ()
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2018-01-01 Created: 2018-01-01 Last updated: 2018-12-07Bibliographically approved
Namatovu, F., Strandh, M., Ivarsson, A. & Nilsson, K. (2018). Effect of childhood coeliac disease on ninth grade school performance: evidence from a population-based study. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(2), 143-148
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effect of childhood coeliac disease on ninth grade school performance: evidence from a population-based study
2018 (English)In: Archives of Disease in Childhood, ISSN 0003-9888, E-ISSN 1468-2044, Vol. 103, no 2, p. 143-148Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Coeliac disease might affect school performance due to its effect on cognitive performance and related health consequences that might increase school absenteeism. The aim of this study was to investigate whether children with coeliac disease performed differently on completion of ninth grade in school compared with children without coeliac disease.

Methods: Analysis was performed on a population of 445 669 children born in Sweden between 1991 and 1994 of whom 1767 were diagnosed with coeliac disease. School performance at ninth grade was the outcome and coeliac disease was the exposure. Other covariates included sex, Apgar score at 5 min, small for gestational age, year of birth, family type, parental education and income.

Results: There was no association between coeliac disease and school performance at ninth grade (adjusted coefficient -2.4, 95% CI 5.1 to 0.4). A weak association was established between late coeliac diagnosis and higher grades, but this disappeared after adjusting for parent socioeconomic conditions. Being small for gestational age affected performance negatively (adjusted coefficient -6.9, 95% CI 8.0 to 5.7). Grade scores were significantly lower in children living with a single parent (adjusted coefficient -20.6, 95% CI 20.9 to 20.2), compared with those with married/cohabiting parents. A positive association was found between scores at ninth grade and parental education and income.

Conclusion: Coeliac disease diagnosis during childhood is not associated with poor school performance at ninth grade.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2018
Keywords
achievement, celiac, disease, education, grades, income, performance and school
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-139901 (URN)10.1136/archdischild-2017-312830 (DOI)000424019400011 ()28844065 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-09-26 Created: 2017-09-26 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Bortes, C., Strandh, M. & Nilsson, K. (2018). Health problems during childhood and school achievement: Exploring associations between hospitalization exposures, gender, timing, and compulsory school grades. PLoS ONE, 13(12), 1-14, Article ID e0208116.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health problems during childhood and school achievement: Exploring associations between hospitalization exposures, gender, timing, and compulsory school grades
2018 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 13, no 12, p. 1-14, article id e0208116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIMS:

To investigate while accounting for health at birth 1) associations between health problems during childhood, measured as hospitalizations, and school achievement in the final year of compulsory school, measured as overall grade points and eligibility for upper secondary education, 2) if and how gender moderates the association between health problems and school achievement, 3) if and how the timing of a health problem during childhood is associated with later school achievement.

METHODS:

Analyzes were performed on a population-based cohort (n = 115 196) born in 1990 in Sweden (51.3% boys, 48.7% girls) using data from several national registries. Multiple linear regression and logistic regression were used to analyze associations between study variables.

RESULTS:

Overall grade points and eligibility for continuation to upper secondary school were lower for individuals exposed to hospitalizations. Only the association between hospitalizations and overall grade points was moderated by gender and only for ages 13-16 years. Exposure close to actual grading had worst outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health problems, measured through hospitalizations, was significantly associated with lower school achievements among Swedish children. Girls exposed to health problems requiring hospitalizations had relatively poorer school achievements as compared to boys. Health problems requiring hospitalization during junior high school had the greatest negative association with final achievement at compulsory school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Public Library of Science, 2018
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154744 (URN)10.1371/journal.pone.0208116 (DOI)000452212400079 ()30517159 (PubMedID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-1992Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2014.0154
Available from: 2018-12-29 Created: 2018-12-29 Last updated: 2019-02-01Bibliographically approved
Vossemer, J., Gebel, M., Täht, K., Unt, M., Högberg, B. & Strandh, M. (2018). The effects of unemployment and insecure jobs on well-being and health: the moderating role of labor market policies. Social Indicators Research, 138(3), 1229-1257
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The effects of unemployment and insecure jobs on well-being and health: the moderating role of labor market policies
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2018 (English)In: Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300, E-ISSN 1573-0921, Vol. 138, no 3, p. 1229-1257Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Labor market insecurities have been growing in Europe and previous research has illustrated that unemployment and insecure jobs negatively affect individuals’ well-being and health. Although empirical evidence suggests that these effects vary substantially across different welfare states, we still know little about the moderating role of specific labor market policies. Taking a cross-national comparative perspective, this article investigates how passive and active labor market policies (PLMP, ALMP) as well as employment protection legislation (EPL) shape the experience of unemployment and insecure jobs. We complement micro data of round 1–6 (2002–2012) of the European Social Survey with time-varying macro indicators of PLMP, ALMP, and EPL. The data include about 89,000 individuals nested in 112 country-rounds and 26 countries respectively. We apply three-level random intercept models as well as pooled linear regression models including country fixed effects. The results show that labor market policies are important in shaping the experience of unemployment, but are less relevant for workers in insecure jobs. Specifically, higher unemployment benefit generosity buffers the negative effects of unemployment on well-being but not health. Moreover, we discuss different interpretations for the finding that higher ALMP expenditures are associated with more negative effects of unemployment on well-being and health. With respect to EPL it is found that in countries with high insider protection, deregulating the restrictions on the use of temporary employment increases the negative effects of unemployment on well-being and health.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer, 2018
Keywords
Unemployment, Temporary employment, Fixed-term contract, Job insecurity, Well-being, Life satisfaction, Happiness, Health, Comparative, Cross-national, Multi-level, Labor market policies, Welfare state, Institutions
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140282 (URN)10.1007/s11205-017-1697-y (DOI)000438558600017 ()2-s2.0-85025673826 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-10-04 Created: 2017-10-04 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
Brännlund, A., Strandh, M. & Nilsson, K. (2017). Mental-health and educational achievement: the link between poor mental-health and upper secondary school completion and grades. Journal of Mental Health, 26(4), 318-325
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mental-health and educational achievement: the link between poor mental-health and upper secondary school completion and grades
2017 (English)In: Journal of Mental Health, ISSN 0963-8237, E-ISSN 1360-0567, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 318-325Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Education profoundly affects adult socioeconomic status, so it is important to ensure that all children have the capability and opportunity to achieve educational goals.Aims: The study aimed to examine the relationship between mental-health during adolescence and upper secondary school completion and grades, which has received comparatively little research attention to date.Method: Longitudinal administrative and registered data were used to analyse the relationship between school achievement and prescriptions of psycholeptic and psycho-analeptic drugs. The sample consisted of all children born in Sweden in 1990 (n=109223), who were followed from birth to age 20. Logistic and OLS regressions were performed separately for boys and girls, controlling for birth health and family characteristics.Results: A negative relationship between mental-health problems and educational outcomes was found; this result was almost independent of the controls. Only minor differences between the sexes were detected.Conclusions: Poor mental-health during childhood correlated negatively with educational attainment. Given the strong link between educational success and adult life, more resources are needed to support children with mental-health problems.

Keywords
Mental-health, education, completion, grades, upper, secondary, school, Sweden
National Category
Psychiatry Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133133 (URN)10.1080/09638237.2017.1294739 (DOI)000407207800004 ()
Available from: 2017-03-31 Created: 2017-03-31 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Strandh, M. & Högberg, B. (2017). Results from EU-SILC Longitudinal Analysis: The Relationship between Labour Law, Education Systems and the Transition Probability from Temporary Employment to Permanent Employment among Youth.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Results from EU-SILC Longitudinal Analysis: The Relationship between Labour Law, Education Systems and the Transition Probability from Temporary Employment to Permanent Employment among Youth
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140283 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-04 Created: 2017-10-04 Last updated: 2018-08-08
Nilsson, K., Hammarström, A. & Strandh, M. (2017). The relationship between work and family preferences and behaviors: a longitudinal study of gender differences in Sweden. Acta Sociologica, 60(2), 120-133
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The relationship between work and family preferences and behaviors: a longitudinal study of gender differences in Sweden
2017 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 60, no 2, p. 120-133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Proposed theories to explain gender inequality in the labor market and family, such as gender specialization within families and gender segregation in the labor markets, lack consideration for individual preferences. Preference theory accounts for individual choice and gendered preferences but has been substantially criticized, indicating a need for further research. This study uses Swedish longitudinal data to explore how preferences for work and family relate to behavior. We explore three critical issues raised in previous research: gender differences in preferences; the relationship between work and family changes and subsequent preferences; how preferences relate to work and family behaviors. Our results showed small general gender differences in preferences, although women had a stronger preference for both children and work than men. Changes in work status were further related to changes in work preferences, while changes in family status were related to changes in family preferences. Moreover, preferences had poor predictive power in relation to work and family behaviors. Our results indicate that preferences do not explain gender inequality in Sweden. The relationship between preferences and behaviors seems bidirectional and preferences and behavior within the family sphere has little to do with preferences and behavior within the work sphere.

Keywords
Gender, family, labor market, preferences, longitudinal, Sweden
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124668 (URN)10.1177/0001699316659322 (DOI)000400089400002 ()
Available from: 2016-08-22 Created: 2016-08-22 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Baranowska Rataj, A. & Strandh, M. (2016). Spillover Effects of Job Separations: Does Becoming Unemployed Among Youth Affect Health of Their Family Members?.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spillover Effects of Job Separations: Does Becoming Unemployed Among Youth Affect Health of Their Family Members?
2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140299 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-04 Created: 2017-10-04 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Johansson Sevä, I., Vinberg, S., Nordenmark, M. & Strandh, M. (2016). Subjective well-being among the self-employed in Europe: macroeconomy, gender and immigrant status. Small Business Economics, 46(2), 239-253
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Subjective well-being among the self-employed in Europe: macroeconomy, gender and immigrant status
2016 (English)In: Small Business Economics, ISSN 0921-898X, E-ISSN 1573-0913, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 239-253Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research shows that the self-employed generally experience a higher degree of job satisfaction compared to regular employees. However, our knowledge of subjective well-being among the self-employed, the differences between various groups of self-employed and the potential influence of contextual factors is somewhat limited. The purpose of the present paper is to address this gap by taking macroeconomic conditions, gender and immigrant status into consideration. The results show that self-employment is positively related to subjective well-being, but there are also differences between groups of the self-employed; self-employed with employees report a higher level of life satisfaction than the self-employed without employees. Economic growth is more important for the level of life satisfaction among the self-employed than among employees. The analyses also point to different patterns for female and male self-employed without employees: only women experience a higher level of life satisfaction compared to employees. The results also show that the relationship is stronger among immigrants than natives. The results of this study confirm the importance of considering potential heterogeneity when examining subjective well-being among the self-employed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer-Verlag New York, 2016
Keywords
Self-employment, Subjective well-being, Life satisfaction, Economic growth, Immigrant status, Gender, Europe
National Category
Social Psychology
Research subject
SME research; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110241 (URN)10.1007/s11187-015-9682-9 (DOI)000368738300004 ()
Available from: 2015-10-19 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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