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Pia Svedberg's research group

In the research group we study health-, work-, and lifestyle factors related to several diseases and health conditions. We have a special focus on risk factors for work disability, and on consequences of being sickness absent or on disability pension, especially work disability due to mental and musculoskeletal disorders. We also conduct research on stress-related ill-health and child and adolescent mental health.

In most studies on sickness absence and disability pension one can question to what extent the results are related to selection mechanisms. Using twin data is one way to handle this and this is why we do several studies based on data from the Swedish Twin Registry.

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

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


Jurgita Narusyte


Annina Ropponen


Victoria Blom


Mo Wang


Lisa Mather


Sanna Kärkkäinen

Forskningsassistent, UF

Marcus Brafors