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Stephanie Plenty

Telephone: +46 8 402 12 00

Stephanie Plenty

PhD, Psychology

My background is in psychology and my research addresses the importance of social conditions for positive development during adolescence and young adulthood. Specific areas include mental and behavioural wellbeing, social integration and school motivation. My work on social conditions focuses on interpersonal relationships, sociodemographic factors as well as school contextual effects.

At the Institute for Futures Studies I am part of the FORTE funded projects Children’s living conditions in a changing society: Socioeconomic and ethnic inequality and Early labour market outcomes of young adults (YOUNGWORK). Also, the CILS4EU project, a longitudinal study about the wellbeing of youth in four European countries (Sweden, England, Germany, Netherlands). Within these projects, I examine three areas of inequality in young people’s health and wellbeing: a) the role of socioeconomic resources and social support, b) the social integration of immigrant youth and c) labour market attachment.

Three recently published works:

  • 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.

  • Östberg, V., Plenty, S. M., Låftman, S. B., Modin, B., Lindfors, P. (2018). School Demands and Coping Resources−Associations with Multiple Measures of Stress in Mid-Adolescent Girls and Boys. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(10), 2143.


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: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology, 33(1), 14-30.