Richard Bränströms research group

The overarching goal of the research in our group is to generate greater knowledge concerning factors influencing the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, and to develop easily disseminated interventions to improve resilience in these groups.

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Health inequalities and minority stress

The overarching goal of the research in our group is to generate greater knowledge concerning factors influencing the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, and to develop easily disseminated interventions to improve resilience in these groups. In this research, we try to identify psychological and social determinants of health and health-related behaviors, and to study the effects of internet-based psychological treatments.

During the past several years, our main focus has been on studies of how psychological, social, biological, and contextual factors influence the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. Richard Bränström’s research group is influenced by an intersectional perspective and applies theories and methods from a number of research fields such as psychology, public health sciences, and social-epidemiology to understand the effect of stigma and discrimination on inequalities in health.

In the research group a number of studies are ongoing testing the efficacy of internet-based psychological interventions to increase resilience and decrease psychological distress both among different patient groups, and among sexual minority adolescents and young adults.

Research themes

  • Psychological, social, biological, and contextual determinants of health in LGBT-populations
  • The effects of LGBT-affirmative psychological interventions on mental health outcomes
  • Stress-reduction interventions in populations at increased risk of poor mental health
  • Social psychological models to promote health behavior change and prevention

Public communication of science

Unga hbtq-personers hälsa och livsvillkor - Frukostseminarium arrangerat av Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd (Forte)

The Mental Health and Wellbeing of LGBT Individuals in Sweden - Open seminar: International Day Against Homophobia, transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) organized by the Karolinska Institutet

Selected publications

Bränström R, Pachankis JE. Country-level structural stigma, identity concealment, and day-to-day discrimination as determinants of transgender people’s life satisfaction. Social Psychiatry Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2021 Feb 13.

Pachankis JE, Mahon CP, Jackson SD, Fetzner BK, & Bränström R. (2020). Sexual orientation concealment and mental health: A conceptual and meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin. 2020 July 23.

Pachankis JE, Clark KA, Burton CL, Hughto JMW, Bränström R, Keene DE. Sex, status, competition, and exclusion: Intraminority stress from within the gay community and gay and bisexual men's mental health. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2020 Jan 13.

Bränström R, Pachankis JE. Reduction in mental health treatment utilization among transgender individuals after gender-affirming surgeries: A total population study. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2020 Aug 1.

Bränström R, van der Star A, Pachankis JE. Untethered lives: barriers to societal integration as predictors of the sexual orientation disparity in suicidality. Social Psychiatry Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2019 Jul 12.

Bränström R, Hatzenbuehler ML, Tinghög P, Pachankis JE. Sexual orientation differences in outpatient psychiatric treatment and antidepressant usage: evidence from a population-based study of siblings. European Journal of Epidemiology 2018 Jun; 33(6): 591-599.

Pachankis JE., Bränström R. Hidden from Happiness: Structural Stigma, Sexual Orientation Concealment, and Life Satisfaction across 28 Countries. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2018 May;86(5):403-415.

Hatzenbuehler ML, Bränström R, Pachankis JE. Societal-level explanations for reductions in sexual orientation mental health disparities: Results from a ten-year, population-based study in Sweden. Stigma and Health. 2018 Vol 3(1), Feb 2018, 16-26.

Bränström R, Pachankis JE. Sexual orientation disparities in the co-occurrence of substance use and psychological distress: a national population-based study (2008-2015). Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2018 Apr;53(4):403-412.

Bränström R. Minority stress factors as mediators of sexual orientation disparities in treatment for mental health diagnoses: a longitudinal population-based study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2017 May;71(5):446-452.

See Richard Bränström's personal page for a full list of publications.

Group members

Arjan Van Der Star

Affiliated to research

John Pachankis

Affiliated

Daniel Fellman

Affiliated to research

Petter Tinghög

Affiliated to research