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Health Promotion

Description of research

A common scientific aim for all the four research projects is to identify various independent predominantly psychological predictors of health with a potential of subsequent application in practical health promotion. The health and welfare differences of Finnish and Swedish speakers of Finland are studied due to potentially health protecting features of the Swedish speaking culture that might be transferable to any language group.

  • ​Psychological Protective and Risk Factors of Health
  • Healthy Learning Mind - How to build resilience against stress and its health consequences? A randomized controlled trial
  • Health and welfare differences of Finnish and Swedish speakers of Finland
  • Good Care of Diabetes

Members of the research group

Psychological Protective and Risk Factors of Health
Professor Jussi Vahtera, University of Turku
Professor Mika Kivimäki, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK
Biostatistician Lauri Sillanmäki, University of Turku
Registered Doctoral Candidate MHSc Minna Salakari, University of Turku
Consortium led by Professor Mika Kivimäki.

Healthy Learning Mind
PhD Salla-Maarit Volanen, Project Leader, Folkhälsan Research Center, Helsinki
Biostatistician Tero Vahlberg, University of Turku
Registered Doctoral Candidate Licentiate of Psychology Maarit Lassander, University of Helsinki
Registered Doctoral Candidate MHSc Kristina Carlén, School of Health and Welfare Jönköping University.

Health and Welfare Differences of Finnish and Swedish speakers of Finland
Professor Jan Saarela, University of Helsinki, Åbo Akademi University
Biostatistician Lauri Sillanmäki, University of Turku

Good Care of Diabetes
Docent, PhD Anne Koponen, Senior Researcher, Folkhälsan Research Center, Helsinki
PhD Nina Simonsen, Senior Researcher, Folkhälsan Research Center, Helsinki

Selected publications

Suominen S, Koskenvuo K, Sillanmäki L, Vahtera J, Korkeila K, Mattila K, Virtanen P, Sumanen M, Rautava P, Koskenvuo M. Non-response in a nationwide follow-up postal survey in Finland: A register-based mortality analysis of respondents and non-respondents of the Health and Social Support (HeSSup) Study. BMJ open
2012;2:e000657 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000657

Koponen A, Simonsen N, Suominen S. Determinants of physical activity among patients with type 2 diabetes: The role of perceived autonomy support, autonomous motivation and self-care competence. Psychology, Health & Medicine 2016:22:3, 332-344, DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2016.1154179

Volanen S-M, Lassander M, Hankonen N, Santalahti P, Hintsanen M, Simonsen N, Raevuori A, Mullola S, Vahlberg T, But A, Suominen S. Healthy Learning Mind– a school based mindfulness and relaxation program: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychology (2016) 4:35 DOI 10.1186/s40359-016-
0142-3

Hagquist C, Välimaa R, Simonsen N, Suominen S. Differential item functioning in trend analyses of adolescent mental health – illustrative examples using HBSC-data from Finland. Child Indicators Research 2016, DOI 10.1007/s12187-016-9397-8

Kivimäki M, Kuosma E, Ferrie J E, Luukkonen R, Nyberg S T, Alfredsson L, Batty D, Brunner E J, Brunner E J, Fransson E I, Goldberg M, Knutsson A, Koskenvuo M, Nordin M, Oksanen T, Pentti J, Rugulies R, Salo P, Shipley M J, Singh-Manoux A, Steptoe A, Suominen S B, Theorell T, Vahtera J, Virtanen M, Westerholm P J M,
Westerlund H, Zins M, Hamer M, Bell J A, Tabak A G, Jokela M. Overweight, obesity and risk of cardiometabolic multimorbidity: Pooled analysis of individual-level data on 120,813 adults from 16 cohort studies in high-income countries. Lancet Public Health, accepted for publication



 

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