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Kristin Gärtner Askeland

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 72 05
Nygårdsgaten 112, 5008 Bergen, Norway

I am a clinical psychologist and senior researcher at the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare, RKBU Vest. My research interests center on mental health and resilience in high-risk groups and the link between mental health and school functioning.

I have a PhD from the University of Bergen where I investigated mental health and resilience among internationally adopted adolescents. I am currently focusing on how school functioning is influenced by mental health problems and the protective factors that can underlie positive development in a school setting. In my post doc project ‘School dropout – risk and protection’, I investigated the associations between depressive symptoms and school dropout, and which factors can prevent dropout among adolescents experiencing symptoms of depression. I am also interested in school absence, both in my research and in projects where I collaborate with schools and municipalities. I am currently part of a national project group piloting the intervention Back2School aimed at children and adolescents with problematic school absence. I am also involved in a public health project with Bjørnafjorden municipality where one of the main goals is to increase attendance and prevent exclusion.

As a researcher, I have experience using large, epidemiological surveys linked to register data, in particular the youth@hordaland-survey and the national educational database. I am currently the project manager of ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences - Families, Resilience, and Children's Outcomes’, a project financed by the Norwegian Research Council. I also lead the work package concerning unaccompanied refugee minors in the project ‘PACT – Pathways to Active Citizenship’.

Kristin Gärtner Askeland


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Youth Exclusion

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Sleep and dropout from upper secondary school: A register-linked study – Sleep Health 2023
Prospective associations between adolescent risky substance use and school dropout and the role of externalising and internalising problems – Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) 2023
Decision making in child protection emergency cases in Norway – Children and Youth Services Review 2023
Parental separation and school dropout in adolescence – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2023
Mental health problems and suicidal behavior from adolescence to young adulthood in college: linking two population-based studies – European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2023
Negative Life Events, Protective Factors, and Substance-Related Problems: A Study of Resilience in Adolescence – Substance Use & Misuse 2023
Back 2 School - Våger vi å la være? – Dagsavisen 2022
The Importance of Perceived Discrimination and Pre-Adoption Risk for Mental Health Problems among Young Adult Internationally Adopted Students in Norway – Adoption Quarterly 2022
Association of Depressive Symptoms in Late Adolescence and School Dropout – School Mental Health 2022
Substance-Related Problems in Adolescents with ADHD-Diagnoses: The Importance of Self-Reported Conduct Problems – Journal of Attention Disorders 2022
Joint Physical Custody and Academic Achievement Among Youth: A Population-Based Study With Registry Linkage – Journal of Family Psychology 2022
Bekymringsfullt skolefravær - hva gjør vi? – Forskersonen.no 2022
Childhood maltreatment and sleep in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis – Sleep Medicine Reviews 2022
Do Parental Education-Related Inequality Matter in Child and Adolescent Utilization of Mental Health Services: Results From a Norwegian Register Linkage Study – Health Services Insights (HSI Journal) 2021
Sleep patterns and insomnia among adolescents receiving child welfare services: A population-based study – Sleep Health 2021
Her er en bekymrings­melding på skolens vegne – Stavanger Aftenblad 2021
Mental health, adverse life events and health service use among Norwegian youth in the child welfare system: Results from a population-based study – Child & Family Social Work 2021
Smoking and snus use among Norwegian students: Demographic, personality and substance use characteristics – Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) 2021
The association between symptoms of depression and school absence in a population-based study of late adolescents – Frontiers in Psychology 2020
Life events and adolescent depressive symptoms: Protective factors associated with resilience – PLOS ONE 2020
Sleep patterns and insomnia among internationally adopted adolescents – Sleep Health 2020
Substance-related problems among adolescents in child welfare services: A comparison between individuals receiving in-home services and those in foster care – Children and Youth Services Review 2020
Sleep among youths in foster care: Associations with potentially traumatic events, PTSD and mental health – Child & Family Social Work 2020
Divorce and adolescent academic achievement: Heterogeneity in the associations by parental education – PLOS ONE 2020
Alcohol consumption, life satisfaction and mental health among Norwegian college and university students – Addictive Behaviors Reports 2019
Risky drinking among Norwegian students: Associations with participation in the introductory week, academic performance and alcohol-related attitudes – Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) 2019
Bullying Involvement in Adolescence: Implications for Sleep, Mental Health, and Academic Outcomes – Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2019
Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ) – Assessment (ASM) 2019
Alcohol and drug use among internationally adopted adolescents: Results from a Norwegian population-based study – American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 2017
Elever med høyt fravær -hvem snakker de med? – PsykOpp Nytt 2016
The Norwegian student introductory week: who takes part, and is participation associated with better social integration and satisfaction among students? – European Journal of Higher Education 2016
Mental health in internationally adopted adolescents: a meta-analysis – Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2016
Risky drinking among Norwegian students: associations with participation in the introductory week, academic performance and alcohol-related attitudes – Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) 2016
Sleep and academic performance in later adolescence: results from a large population-based study – Journal of Sleep Research 2016
Mental health problems and resilience in international adoptees: results from a population-based study of Norwegian adolescents aged 16-19 years – Journal of Adolescence 2015
Adolescent school absenteeism and service use in a population-based study – BMC Public Health 2015
Måleegenskaper ved den norske versjonen av Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ) – PsykTestBarn 2015
Adopterte barn, ungdom og voksne : en kunnskapsoppsummering om kognitiv kompetanse, psykisk helse og bruk av hjelpetjenester – Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt 2013
Kommunepsykologsatsingen i Norge i et folkehelseperspektiv – Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt 2013
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