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Shahram Mansoory

About me

Doctoral student

Section for Child and Youth Studies



Youth well-being, parenting, ethnotheories.

In my latest two studies - Swedish mothers’ perceptions of youth well-being: Understanding beliefs and behaviours and Youth well-being contextualized: Perceptions of Swedish fathers - I explore various themes of youth well-being from reports provided by Swedish mothers and fathers respectively.

I currently hold a master's degree in psychology. In my master's thesis Exploring global identity in emerging adults I investigated the meaning of global identity from the perspective of young adults. I am also the co-author of the following journal publications:

Tinkering with perfection: Theory development in the intervention cultural adaptation field

Personal and ethnic identity in Swedish adolescents and emerging adults

Research and research interests

My research interest revolves around youth well-being and to contribute to an understanding of what factors promotes the advancement and well-being of youth. Research indicate amongst other things that the relationship to parents are important for youth. Some studies illustrate for instance that the degree warmth from parents as perceived by youth are important for their wellbeing.

However, youth well-being is predominately theorized by scholars. Few studies have nevertheless explored the perspectives of North American youth and parents, mostly mothers, on the subject. Therefore we know even less about fathers’ perceptions of youth well-being. We also lack knowledge about the relationships between parents perceptions about youth well-being and how youth perceive parenting characteristics (e.g. in the form of warmth and support) and their own well-being.

My research interest for my dissertation is therefore to study these relationships among youth and parents in Sweden, by combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. My dissertation will be a compilation of at least three studies. Youth well-being contextualized: Perceptions of Swedish fathers is the publication of my first study, a thematic analysis of Swedish fathers’ descriptions of youth well-being. In my second study - Swedish mothers’ perceptions of youth well-being: Understanding beliefs and behaviours - I use both qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore mothers' descriptions of youth well-being and if these vary with demographic factors or characteristics of the mother-youth relationship.

My research project Positive youth development is part of the national research project KUPOL.

Doctoral project

Research project: Positive youth development

Research area: Child and Youth Studies

Supervisor: Kari Trost

Co-Supervisor: Ann-Christin Cederborg