Karin Helmersson Bergmark. Foto: Stockholms universitet

Karin Helmersson Bergmark


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Works at Department of Sociology
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Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Room B 998
Postal address Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

New publication:

Scholars’ open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal

Karin Bergmark has a long academic career within the field of sociological alcohol research and, more recently, in the field of contemporary virtual activities and life online. Her dissertation in Sociology (1995) was based on the Swedish case study for the International Colloborative Study on Alcoholics Anonymous – a ground-breaking study in its field. She is a member of Kettil Bruun Society; the main international network for social science alcohol research, IRGGA (the International Research Group on Gender and Alcohol), GENACIS (Gender, Alcohol and Culture: An International Study) and, at Stockholm University; ARG – the Addiction Research Group. She is affiliated to SIRG (Stockholm Internet Research Group).


Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, Stockholm University 2013-2014
Head of Department, Dept of Sociology, SU 2008-2013
Deputy Head of Dept of Sociology, SU 2006-2008
Director for PhD studies, Sociology, SU 1995-1999, 2007-2008
Member of the board, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University 2011-2013
Member of the Stockholm (5) Ethical Review Board 2010-2012
Member of the Norwegian Research Council, board for the programme alcohol and drug research/ alcohol, drugs & mental health research 2007-2013
Member of the board for the Department of Sociology, SU 1993-2008, Chair for the same board 2008-2013
Member of the board (for Stockholm university), Mobile life (Vinnova programme) 2013-
Member of the board, the Centre for the Studies of Children´s Culture, Stockholm University 2011-
Member of the board, Swedish Sociological Association 1996-1997, 2012
Representing Sweden in the Nordic Council for alcohol and drug research (NAD), substitute member 1994-1996, substitute member of scientific council 1997-1999, member 2000-2003


Ger kursen Datainsamlingsmetoder på programmet Sociologisk samhällsanalys, termin 5.


Research Projects (2000-)

Contemporary addictions and life online 2016-2019 VR - Swedish research Council

The idea of an evidence based practice within the social services 2016-2019 funded by RJ - the Swedish Foundation for humanities and social sciences, with Anders Bergmark et al.

MMORPG – samhällsproblem eller framtidsliv? (MMORPG – social problem or future life?) 2008-2013, funded by FAS - Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research.

Kvinnor, hälsa och rusmedel (Women, health and substance use), 2009-2012, with Jukka Törrönen et al., funded by FAS - Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research

Alkoholkultur i förändring? (Changes in the cultural position of drinking), 2007-2012, with Jukka Törrönen et al., funded by the Finnish Academy of Sciences, NAD - The Nordic Council for Alcohol and Drug Research and FAS - Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research

GENACIS – Gender, alcohol and culture – an international study, colloborative project a) within the EU with funding EC QLG4-2001-01496, 2002-2004 with Kim Bloomfield et al., b) globally within IRGGA (the International Research Group for research on Gender and Alcohol, 2000-present with Sharon Wilsnack et al., funded by NIAAA, WHO, the German Federal Ministry of Health and Swiss national funds c) nationally: Swedish part of the project funded by the European Commission, (via SoRAD) the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (with Robin Room et al.) and the Alcohol Research Council of the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly 2005-2008.

Use and misuse in Sweden – experiences, attitudes, opinions 2003-2004 funded by RJ - the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

Women and alcohol – gender, change and modernity 1997-2002 a programme (forskarassistent – assistant professor) funded by SFR – the National Research Council for the Social Sciences


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2016. Karin H. Bergmark, Einar Stensson, Anders Bergmark. Jacobs Journal of Addiction and Therapy 3 (1)

    The body of Internet addiction research articles has grown rapidly during the last years. Critics claim that the bulk of this research is more confirmatory than scrutinizing, in spite of weak evidence for the label of addiction. A study on excessive Internet use in Sweden has been cited repeatedly in Internet addiction studies. The present study takes a closer look at these citations and combines the presentation with a systematic review of methods and theoretical approaches in Internet addiction studies, published between January 2000 and July 2013.

  • 2016. Karin H Bergmark. Svensk psykiatri (1), 59-60
  • 2013. Lina Eklund, Karin Helmersson Bergmark. FDG 2013, 63-70

    In this study the focus is set on parental rules for digital gaming and Internet use. First a review of the field is presented followed by analyses of adolescents’ media use and parental strategies for regulation. Data was derived from a Swedish survey of parents—Predominantly mothers—of adolescents aged 9-16 complemented with data from a separate survey of adolescents aged 9-16. Analyses are presented using gamma coefficients for bivariate correlations and linear regression models for multivariate analyses. We conclude that parents in this study are involved in their adolescents’ gaming and Internet by restricting access to these media. Boys and young adolescents are controlled more than girls and older adolescents. Mothers made use of restrictive mediation more than fathers. Parents harbour quite negative views on gaming which might interfere with a more active role of parents in mediating their children’s gaming

  • 2012. Karin H Bergmark, Anders Bergmark, Olle Finndahl. Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Co-occurrence and Specificity, 89-102
  • Article Virtuella rum
    2011. Karin H Bergmark. Framtider - tidskrift från Institutet för framtidsstudier (1), 26-28
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Last updated: August 13, 2018

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