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 a researcher within the Level of Living (LNU) research group at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) and I am 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 December 2010. 

My research interests address the importance of social conditions for positive development during adolescence and young adulthood. Specific areas include mental and behavioural wellbeing, social integration and school motivation. My work on social conditions focuses on interpersonal relationships, sociodemographic factors as well as school contextual effects.

My current research investigates three areas of inequality in young people’s health and wellbeing: a) the role of socioeconomic resources and social support, b) the social integration of immigrant youth and c) labour market attachment.


Research Areas

Adolescent wellbeing; Social relationships and integration; Motivation; School effects


Recent Publications

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.

Östberg, V., Plenty, S. M., Låftman, S. B., Modin, B., Lindfors, P. (2018). School Demands and Coping Resources−Associations with Multiple Measures of Stress in Mid-Adolescent Girls and Boys. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(10), 2143.

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: February 25, 2019

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