Stephanie Plenty

My work sits at the nexus of psychology and sociology, addressing the importance of social contexts for positive development during adolescence and young adulthood. Specific areas include motivation, mental and behavioural well-being and social integration. My work on social contexts focuses on socioeconomic and ethnic marginalisation, interpersonal relationships and school contextual effects.

At the Institute for Futures Studies I am part of the projects: Children’s living conditions in a changing society- Socioeconomic and ethnic inequality; Early labour market outcomes of young adults (YOUNGWORK) and Integration of youth in Sweden in a multidimensional perspective. Also, the CILS4EU project, a longitudinal study about the well-being and integration of youth in four European countries (Sweden, England, Germany, Netherlands). I am also a member of Swedish Level-of-Living (LNU) research group at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). Within these projects, I examine three areas of inequality in young people’s well-being: a) socioeconomic resources b) social integration of immigrant youth, and c) labour market attachment.

Three recently published works

  • Plenty, S. M. & Jonsson, J. O. (2020). Students’ occupational aspirations: Can family relationships account for differences between immigrant and socioeconomic groups? Child Development.

  • Plenty, S. M. (2018). Too much or too little? A short-term longitudinal study of youth's own economic resources and risk behaviour. Journal of Adolescence, 66, 21-30.

  • Plenty S. M., Andersson A. B., Hjalmarsson S., Mood C., Rudolphi F., & Treuter G. (2018). “How are our young adults doing? A report on labour market activities and living conditions” Research Report 2018:1. Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm; and the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University.


Three frequently cited works

  • Plenty, S. M. & Jonsson, J. O. (2017). Social exclusion among peers: The role of immigrant status and classroom immigrant density. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(6), 1275-1288.

  • Hemphill, S. A. Plenty, S. M. Herrenkohl, T. I., Toumbourou, J. W., & Catalano, R. F. (2013). Student and school factors associated with school suspension: A multilevel analysis of students in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States.  Children & Youth Services Review, 36, 187-194.

  • Plenty, S. M. (2013). A multidimensional analysis of changes in mathematics motivation and engagement during high school. Educational Psychology, 33(1), 14-30.