My background is in psychology and my main research interests address the importance of social conditions for positive development during adolescence and young adulthood. Specific areas include mental wellbeing, school engagement, antisocial behaviours and susceptibility to social exclusion. My previous work on social conditions has primarily focused on interpersonal relationships and support, as well as school policy and contextual effects.
At the Institute for Futures Studies I am part of the FORTE funded Project Children’s living conditions in a changing society: Socioeconomic and ethnic inequality. 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 the two themes addressing inequalities in adolescent wellbeing, a) the role of social status and peer relations and b) the social integration of immigrant youth.
Three recently published works:
- Plenty, S. M. & Jonsson, J. O. (2016). Social Exclusion among Peers: The Role of Immigrant Status and Classroom Immigrant Density. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Advanced online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-016-0564-5.
- Plenty, S. M. & Mood, C. (2016). Money, peers and parents: Social and economic aspects of inequality in youth wellbeing. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(7), 1294-1308.
- Plenty, S. M., Östberg, V., & Modin, B. (2015). The role of psychosocial school conditions in adolescent prosocial behaviour. School Psychology International. doi: 10.1177/0143034315573350.
Three frequently cited works:
- Plenty, S. M., Evans-Whipp, T., Toumbourou, J. W., Rowland, B., & Hemphill, S. (2013). Adolescent exposure to drink driving as a predictor of young adults’ drunk driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 51, 185-191.
- 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.
- Graffiti: A precursor to future deviant behaviour during adolescence?
- Money, peers and parents: Social and economic aspects of inequality in youth wellbeing.
- Social Exclusion among Peers: The Role of Immigrant Status and Classroom Immigrant Density.
- The role of psychosocial school conditions in adolescent prosocial behaviour