Stephanie Plenty

Stephanie Plenty


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Works at Swedish institute for social research
Telephone 08-16 26 72
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 F
Room F975
Postal address Institutet för social forskning 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am an associate professor (docent) of sociology within the Level of Living (LNU) research group at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and also a member of the CILS4EU project at the Institute for Futures Studies (IFFS). I received my PhD in Psychology from the Australian National University in 2010. 

My work sits at the nexus of psychology and sociology, addressing the importance of social contexts for positive development during adolescence and young adulthood. Specific areas include motivation, mental and behavioural well-being and social integration. My work on social contexts focuses on socioeconomic and ethnic marginalisation, social relationships, as well as school effects.

My current research investigates three areas of inequality in young people’s well-being: a) socioeconomic resources, b) integration of immigrant youth, and c) labour market attachment.


Research Areas

Adolescent well-being; Social relationships; Social and ethnic stratification; Academic motivation; School context


Selected Recent Publications

Plenty, S. M. & Jonsson, J. O. (2020). Students occupational aspirations: Can family relationships account for differences between immigrant and socioeconomic groups? Child Development. 

Plenty, S. M. (2018). Too much or too little? A short-term longitudinal study of youth's own economic resources and risk behaviour. Journal of Adolescence, 66, 21-30.  

Plenty S. M., Andersson A. B., Hjalmarsson S., Mood C., Rudolphi F., & Treuter G. (2018). “How are our young adults doing? A report on labour market activities and living conditions” Research Report 2018:1. Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm; and the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University.

Plenty, S. M. & Jonsson, J. O. (2017) Social exclusion among peers: The role of immigrant status and classroom immigrant density. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(6), 1275-1288.

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, 1294-1308.



Last updated: September 2, 2020

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