Johanna Gripenberg's research group

The Prevention of Alcohol and Drug-Related Problems

STAD’s research is interdisciplinary and methodologically based on both a quantitative and a qualitative approach. The research group works together to develop and expand the knowledge in the field of alcohol and drug prevention and is composed of researchers with expertise in the areas of public health, epidemiology, psychology, criminology, social work, biochemistry, and communication studies.

STAD conducts applied research based on a systems theory approach to prevention, which includes interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration between key stakeholders. Together with the stakeholders, we then act to develop, implement and evaluate methods aimed to have an impact on the availability and demand for alcohol and drugs within the community. In order for interventions to be as effective and context-adapted as possible, evaluation is a key area of research at STAD. Evaluations are both formative and summative and systematically examine implementation processes and final results of STAD’s prevention work in society.

A major focus of STAD’s research is to evaluate alcohol and drug prevention interventions at entertainment venues. Effect evaluation and implementation studies are also being conducted at schools, training centers/gyms and digital environments such as Internet. STADs research area also includes research on children having parents with substance use problems as well as alcohol prevention interventions at sport arenas.

Further information about STAD’s work can be found on

Selected Research Projects

  • Evaluation of an alcohol prevention intervention at football arenas
  • Evaluation of “100% pure hard training” – a doping prevention intervention at gyms
  • Evaluation of web-based interventions targeted to adolescents and young adults whose parents have alcohol or drug problems
  • Growing up with substance abusing parents – a 15 year longitudinal qualitative study
  • Psychometric testing of alcohol and drug-screening instruments among adolescents
  • Evaluation of a cannabis prevention initiative
  • Evaluation of “UngdomsKomet” and “FöräldraStegen” – two parenting programs aimed at reducing problem behaviors among adolescents.
  • Evaluation of the effect and implementation of the intervention “PS” - Prevention in Schools

Selected publications

Parent Programs for Reducing Adolescent’s Antisocial Behavior and Substance Use: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Jalling, C., Bodin, M., Romelsjö, A., Källmén, H., Durbeej, N., Tengström, A. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Anti-Social Behaviors Associated with Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use among Male Adolescents.
Hallgren M, Pope HG, Kanayama G, Hudson JI, Lundin A, Källmén H
Eur Addict Res 2015 ;21(6):321-6

Design of a Web-based individual coping and alcohol-intervention program (web-ICAIP) for children of parents with alcohol problems: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
Elgán TH, Hansson H, Zetterlind U, Kartengren N, Leifman H
BMC Public Health 2012 Jan;12():35

The Örebro prevention programme revisited: a cluster-randomized effectiveness trial of programme effects on youth drinking.
Bodin MC, Strandberg AK
Addiction 2011 Dec;106(12):2134-43

Long-term effects of a community-based intervention: 5-year follow-up of 'Clubs against Drugs'.
Gripenberg Abdon J, Wallin E, Andréasson S
Addiction 2011 Nov;106(11):1997-2004

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