Woman Child Family

Well-being for Teenagers

Includes research in the area of teenage attitudes towards and behavior regarding pregnancy and motherhood, sexual risk-taking and living with venereal disease.

Support and Attitudes During the Childbearing Period

This area of research includes observations, interviews, randomized controlled intervention studies and pedagogical studies of professional and social support, experience and clinical outcomes regarding childbirth, parental relation to and feelings for the baby, parenthood and inter-parental relations. The research includes both the perspective of parents' and health professionals'.

Complementary and Alternative Methods

Focuses on non-pharmacological pain relief methods such as acupuncture and sterile water injections for childbirth pain and other acute and chronic pain conditions. To further develop the method of sterile water injections the underlying mechanisms of action is studied from a physiological perspective.

Developing and Validating Instruments in Order to Measure Support, Attitudes and Pain During the Childbearing Period

An applied contribution focuses on the development and validation of instruments and gradation measurement of impact of professional and social support during childbearing as well as breastfeeding attitudes and attachment to child of both parents and the perspective of health representatives, sexual risk taking among teenagers in relation to estimated parenting style. Furthermore development of instruments aiming to measure and grade perceived pain during childbirth is in progress.

Effect of Armchair with Massage and Relaxation Program on Recovery and Health Promotion - A Randomized Controlled Study

Evaluation of the effects of a recovery armchair and mental relaxation program, separately or in combination in regard to health and well-being. The research also investigates underlying mechanisms behind the effects on health and well-being in response to these treatments. It is of particular interest to explore the role of endogenous oxytocin in the mechanisms that promote health and well-being. The study is collaboration between the companies Promas AB and Scandinavian International University and a research group from the University of Skövde. The study is financed by the Knowledge Foundation.