Emelie Thern

Emelie Thern


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Works at Department of Public Health Sciences
Visiting address Sveavägen 160, Sveaplan
Postal address Institutionen för folkhälsovetenskap 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Public Health Sciences. I defended my thesis "Alcohol-related Health Problems and Crime: Studies on the long-term consequences of increased alcohol availability and unemployment" in 2018.


My main research interests revolve around health inequalities and social determinants of health, with a particular focus on social inequality in alcohol-related harm, health, and labor market attachment later in life as well as precarious employment and health. 

I am currently involved in three research projects:


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2020. Emelie Thern, Mats Ramstedt, Johan Svensson. Addiction 115 (3), 418-425


    To test if exposure to unemployment in young adulthood is associated with an increased risk of later alcohol‐related morbidity.


    A nation‐wide register‐linked longitudinal population‐based study.




    A total of 16 490 individuals born between 1967 and 1978, who had participated in the Labour Force Survey between the ages of 16–24 years during 1990–95.


    Information on the outcome of alcohol‐related morbidity was obtained from the National Hospital Discharge Register. The Swedish index of alcohol‐related in‐patient care was used to define the outcome. Information on sex, age and country of birth, as well as parents’ level of education, socio‐economic status and alcohol‐related health problems, were also obtained. Average follow‐up time was 22 years. Cox regression analysis was used to obtain hazard ratios (HR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI).


    Compared with full‐time students, individuals who experienced short‐ and long‐term unemployment spells at a young age were at an increased risk of later alcohol‐related morbidity; < 3 months (HR = 2.04, 95% CI = 1.35–3.09), 3–6 months (HR = 2.20, 95% CI = 1.29–3.75) and > 6 months (HR = 1.99, 95% CI = 1.06–3.71) of unemployment, after adjusting for several important individual and family level covariates.


    In Sweden, a nation‐wide register‐based study with a 22‐year follow‐up suggests that being unemployed in young adulthood is associated with an increased risk of alcohol‐related morbidity later in life.

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Last updated: March 25, 2021

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