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Charlotte Alm

Universitetslektor

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Arbetar vid Psykologiska institutionen
Telefon 08-16 36 84
E-post charlotte.alm@psychology.su.se
Besöksadress Frescati hagväg 14
Rum 147
Postadress Psykologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Undervisning

Jag undervisar framför allt i socialpsykologi och är kursansvarig för följande delkurser: Socialpsykologi (7,5hp, fristående kurs Psykologi II), Socialpsykologiska teorier (7,5hp, Mastersprogrammet i psykologi, termin 3) och Personlighetspsykologi (7,5hp, PAO-programmet, termin 1).

Jag ger också enstaka föreläsningar på olika kurser och program om olika aspekter på socialpsykologi såsom social identitet och självpresentation. Jag handleder även uppsatser på kandidat- och mastersprogrammen samt på psykologprogrammet.

Forskning

Mina forskningsintressen är på olika sätt sammankopplade av frågor som rör socialpsykologi. 2006 disputerade jag på en avhandling om attribution (social kognition) bland vuxna personer med blyghet och har även sedan 1999 bedrivit forskning om upplevda risker relaterade till olika transportmedel.

Jag arbetar inom flera olika projekt som rör polispsykologi, kriminalitet och missbruk bland både vuxna och barn. Jag är biträdande handledare för Natalie Durbeej, doktorand vid Karolinska Institutet, som skriver sin avhandling om psykopati och behandling inom ett uppföljningsprojekt på KI (MSAC; Mental disorder, substance abuse, and crime).

Publikationer

I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2015. Johanna Lindholm, Ann-christin Cederborg, Charlotte Alm. Police Practice & Research 16 (3), 197-210

    This study explores the informativeness of 24 adolescents exploited in sex trade in Sweden when they were interviewed by police officers about their experiences. The questions and responses were analysed using coding types developed for research on forensic interviews. Qualitative analyses of the questions resulting in evasive responses and the court files were also done. The findings show that the adolescents were informative yet evasive, specifically when asked open questions. Experiences of violence and interviews conducted soon after the police intervention may result in higher levels of evasiveness. Concurrently, evasiveness seems to be intimately connected to unique circumstances in each case.

  • 2014. Charlotta Alm (et al.). Mental Health and Substance Use 7 (4), 431-445

    Previous research is scarce on the problems and needs of the “triply troubled” – among offenders with mental health problems and problematic substance use. Classifying this population into clusters based on problem profiles may provide information about individual needs for treatment. In a previous study, we identified four clusters of triply troubled: less troubled, severely triply troubled, triply troubled with medical problems, and working triply troubled. The present study explored the stability and predictive validity of these clusters in a naturalistic design. In total, 125 triply troubled individuals included in any of the four clusters were followed for approximately three years with regard to their inpatient and outpatient treatment participation. They were also interviewed with the 6th version of the Addiction Severity Index, the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised, and the World Health Organization Quality of Life–Bref. The main finding of the study was that on average the participants of all four clusters exhibited substantial improvements over the course of time but that improvements were cluster-specific rather than sample-specific. Implications of the study are discussed.

  • 2014. Natalie Durbeej, Charlotte Alm, Clara Hellner Gumpert. Open Journal of Psychiatry 4 (1), 79-90

    Substance abuse is related to reoffending, and substance abuse treatment may be effective in reducing criminal recidivism. Psychopathy, however, another factor that strongly correlates with reoffending, may be negatively associated with treatment utilization. This qualitative study explored perceptions of substance abuse treatment among offenders with mental health problems, problematic substance use, and various degrees of psychopathic personality traits. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) revealed that some treatment perceptions may vary with degree of psychopathic traits. For instance, participants with low and high degrees of psychopathic personality traits had different views on treatment requirements imposed upon them. Many treatment perceptions were also similar between the two participant groups. Thus, treatment perceptions may not be explained by degree of psychopathic personality traits alone, but the presence of some particular psychopathic traits may be relevant in explaining certain treatment perceptions. The results highlight the complex relationship between the individual and the treatment system, and may give input to future studies on rehabilitation of offenders with multiple treatment needs.

  • 2013. Ann-Christin Cederborg (et al.). Police Practice & Research 14 (3), 242-254

    This evaluation focused on the developing interviewing skills of 104 active crimeinvestigators in Sweden who participated in six different half-year courses between 2007 and 2010. The courses emphasised a combined model of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Protocol and the PEACE model of investigative interviewing. The teaching was interdisciplinary. The evaluation involved interviews of 208 children, most of whom were suspected victims of physical abuse. The investigators used two-thirds fewer option-posing questions and three times as many invitations after training as they did before training. These data show that the training was very effective in shaping the interviewers behaviour into better compliance with internationally recognised guidelines.

  • 2013. Åsa Eriksson (et al.). Mental Health and Substance Use 6 (1), 15-28

    There is an urgent need to improve assessment and treatment among offenders with mental health problems and substance misuse (the “triply troubled”). An examination of the usefulness of the recently published Addiction Severity Index version 6 (ASI-6; Cacciola, J.S., Alterman, A.I., Habing, B., & McLellan, A.T. (2011). Recent status scores for version 6 of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI-6). Addiction, 106, 1588–1602) in classifying offenders with mental health problems and substance misuse was undertaken. A total of 207 offenders with suspect mental disorder and substance misuse about to go through a forensic psychiatric evaluation in Sweden were interviewed with the ASI-6. Data were cluster analyzed. Four distinct clusters emerged: (1) “less troubled” (n=35), (2) “severely triply troubled” (nfl30), (3) “triply troubled with medical problems” (n=52) and (4) “working triply troubled” (n=87). The ASI-6 proved useful in the classification of offenders with mental health problems and substance misuse. The authors suggest that the ASI-6 be used in research on the classification of the triply troubled.

  • 2013. Elin Hultman (et al.). Child & Family Social Work 18 (2), 117-128

    This study explores whether the social services weigh in health aspects, and what these may be, when investigating reported children's life situation. Information about physical and psychological health aspects for 259 children in 272 investigations was included. Overall, information about children's health was limited. Problematic emotions were the most commonly reported health aspect in the investigations, whereas suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviour and gastrointestinal and renal diseases were mentioned least of all. A cluster analysis revealed that the low level of health information group included the largest sample of data and consisted of investigations with minimal information about children's health. The three other cluster groups, Neurological diseases and psychosomatic symptoms, Emotional health and Physical and psychological health and destructive behaviour, consisted of investigations conducted mostly according to the model called Children's Needs In Focus (BBIC, in Swedish, Barns Behov i Centrum). Although these investigations also produced limited information, they provided more than those assessed as having a low level of information about health aspects. The conclusion is that it is necessary to increase information about health aspects in investigations if social welfare systems are to be able to fulfil their ambition of supporting vulnerable children's need of health care.

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Senast uppdaterad: 29 maj 2017

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