The health of children and adolescents

The members of this research project group study how the health of children and adolescents can be promoted in relation to their development of independence and the influence of their living conditions. We also conduct research on adolescents’ attitudes towards and behaviour regarding adolescent pregnancy, motherhood and sexual risk-taking.

The research group WomFam.

Aims of the WomFam Research Group

The overall aim of the WomFam Research Group is to promote the health of children, adolescents and families for sustainable development within the digitalised society. For this aim, it is necessary to take into account and critically scrutinise the tension that can arise in relation to central concepts such as integrity, participation, safety, security and autonomy. Digitalisation affects all parts of society, and to create a sustainable development, it is necessary to take into consideration the life context of children, adolescents and families in relation to living conditions and socio-economic circumstances. The health processes of children, adolescents and families are affected by digitalisation. The WomFam research has a health-promoting approach with a focus on identifying resources that may contribute to promoting and maintaining health. The research results will be useful for supporting equality and sustainable development. The starting point is humans and human interactions in relation to technique and digitalisation.


ConSIRT is a Consortium for Sterile Water Injections Research and Training. The aim of this collaborative group is to serve as a central point for information, clinical training and research on Sterile Water Injections (SWI).

You can read more at ConSIRT - Consortium for Sterile Water Injections Research and Training

Support and Attitudes During and After the Childbearing Period

This area of research includes observations, interviews, randomised 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

This project focuses on non-pharmacological pain relief methods such as acupuncture and sterile water injections to reduce childbirth pain and other acute and chronic pain conditions. To further develop the method of sterile water injections, the underlying mechanisms of action are studied from a physiological perspective.

Developing and Validating Instruments

This project focuses on the development and validation of instruments and gradation measurement in order to survey and evaluate various interventions. These may concern professional and social support during childbearing and breastfeeding, attitudes towards breastfeeding, parents' self-reported feelings for and relation to their baby, sexual risk-taking among teenagers in relation to their estimated parenting style. Furthermore, instruments to measure the pain felt by women when giving birth are being developed.

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.