Register linkage in studies of mental health over the life course: examples from Sweden

6 April 2017, 12.30 PM - 6 April 2017, 1.30 PM

Alma Sörberg Wallin, Karolinska Institutet



Scandinavia is known for its opportunities for register-based research – at least in the world of epidemiology and life-course studies. In this seminar, you will learn about the possibilities and limitations of register linkage in Sweden, using two databases with cohorts followed over the life course as examples. The 1969-70 Conscription Cohort holds rich data on almost 50 000 men who have undergone mandatory conscription in adolescence. This cohort has been used to investigate various topics, including how cannabis use predicts psychoses, and how IQ is linked to suicidal behaviour in adulthood. The Evaluation Through Follow-up Study includes several cohorts of school children born between 1948 and 1982, comprising about 50 000 girls and boys in total, and holds information from surveys and school records. These cohorts are increasingly utilized to investigate how risk factors in childhood predict health outcomes later in life. 


Alma Sörberg Wallin is a postdoctoral researcher in the research group Social Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She defended her thesis on intelligence and health in 2015, and is currently working in a project investigating how school performance in childhood predicts psychiatric disorders and suicidal behaviour in adulthood. Her background is in psychology, and has she previously worked as a clinical psychologist in primary care and somatic health care.

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