Skip to main content

Pia Svedberg's research group

Research within the group is primarily concentrated on sickness absence studies. The studies are mainly based on data from twins and data from a number of national registers that have been linked to these to understand how genes and environment influence health, behavior and sickness absence.

In the group, we carry out quantitative genetic studies - that is, try to evaluate the relative importance of genes and environment for sickness absence (sick leave and disability pension) - and cotwin-control studies, where the significance of exposures to the outcomes is evaluated after controlling for genetic predisposition. The research is multidisciplinary and includes medical, genetic, epidemiological, and psychological research questions.

Research projects

1. STODS: the Swedish Twin project Of Disability pension and Sickness absence

2. A twin study of factors associated with burnout

3. Stress-related sickness absence: the importance of total workload and part time work and the effect on stress hormones

4. Shift work, sleep, morbidity and mortality

5. Sustainable working life: early determinants and later predictors (SustWork)

Selected publications

The association between part-time and temporary employment and sickness absence: a prospective Swedish twin study.
Helgadóttir B, Svedberg P, Mather L, Lindfors P, Bergström G, Blom V
Eur J Public Health 2019 02;29(1):147-153

The associations between job insecurity, depressive symptoms and burnout: The role of performance-based self-esteem.Blom V, Richter A, Hallsten L, Svedberg P. Economic and Industrial Democracy 2016; 9(1):110-122.

Night work as a risk factor for future cause-specific disability pension: A prospective twin cohort study in Sweden.
Ropponen A, Narusyte J, Mather L, Mittendorfer-Rutz E, Åkerstedt T, Svedberg P
Chronobiol. Int. 2018 02;35(2):249-260

Work-Home Interference, Perceived Total Workload, and the Risk of Future Sickness Absence Due to Stress-Related Mental Diagnoses Among Women and Men: a Prospective Twin Study.
Svedberg P, Mather L, Bergström G, Lindfors P, Blom V
Int J Behav Med 2018 02;25(1):103-111

Adverse outcomes of sick leave due to mental disorders: A prospective study of discordant twin pairs.
Mather L, Blom V, Bergström G, Svedberg P
Scand J Public Health 2019 Mar;47(2):127-136

High Job Demands, Job Strain, and Iso-Strain are Risk Factors for Sick Leave due to Mental Disorders: A Prospective Swedish Twin Study With a 5-Year Follow-Up.
Mather L, Bergström G, Blom V, Svedberg P
J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2015 Aug;57(8):858-65

The covariation between burnout and sick leave due to mental disorders is explained by a shared genetic liability: a prospective swedish twin study with a five-year follow-up.
Mather L, Bergström G, Blom V, Svedberg P
Twin Res Hum Genet 2014 Dec;17(6):535-44

Genetic liability to disability pension in women and men: a prospective population-based twin study.
Narusyte J, Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Alexanderson K, Kaprio J, Samuelsson Å, et al
PLoS ONE 2011 ;6(8):e23143

Group members

Pia Svedberg

Senior researcher
K8 Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Jurgita Narusyte

Senior researcher
K8 Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Karri Silventoinen

Affiliated to research
K8 Department of Clinical Neuroscience