Tuominen M, Kaljonen A, Ahonen P, Mäkinen J, Rautava P. A comparison of Medical Birth Register outcomes between maternity health clinics and integrated maternity and child health clinics in Southwest Finland. International Journal of Integrated Care, 2016;16:1. DOI:
Tuominen M, Junttila N, Ahonen P, Rautava P.The effect of relational continuity of care in maternity and child health clinics on parenting selfefficacy of mothers and fathers with loneliness and depressive symptoms. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 2016;57:193–200. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12284
Matarma T, Tammelin T, Kulmala J, Koski P, Hurme S, Lagström H. Factors associated with objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time of 5–6-year-old children in the STEPS Study. Early Child Development and Care, 2016 (doi: 10.1080/0300430.2016.1193016). [Epub ahead of print].


Korpilahti P, Kaljonen A, Jansson-Verkasalo E. Population-Based Screening for Language Delay: Let’s Talk STEPS Study. Psychology, 2016; 7, 205-214.

Matarma T, Koski P, Löyttyniemi E, Lagström Hanna. The factors associated with toddlers' screen time change in the STEPS Study: A two-year follow-up. Preventive Medicine 84(2016), 27-33.

Holmlund S, Tuominen M, Ahonen P, Kaljonen A, Mäkinen J, Rautava P. Does Induced Abortion Affect the Experience of Maternity Services? Health Behavior & Policy Review 2016; 3(1): 21-32. 


Karppinen S, Toivonen L, Schuez-Havupalo L, Waris M, Peltola V.Interference between respiratory syncytial virus and rhinovirus in respiratory tract infections in children. Clin Microbiol Infect 2015 (doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2015.10.002). [Epub ahead of print]

Mäkelä J, Lagström H, Pitkänen N, Kuulasmaa T, Kaljonen A, Laakso M, Niinikoski H. Genetic risk clustering increases children's body weight at 2 years of age - the STEPS Study. Pediatric Obesity 2015 (doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12087).

Junttila N, Aromaa M, Rautava P, Jorma P, Räihä H. Measuring Multidimensional Parental Self-Efficacy of Mothers and Fathers of Children Ages 1.5 and 3 Years. Family Relations 2015; 64, 665-680.

Korpilahti P, Kaljonen A, Jansson-Verkasalo E. Identification of biological and environmental risk factors for language delay: the Let's Talk STEPS study. Infant Behavior and Development 2015 (doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2015.08.008).

Korja R, Piha J, Otava R, Lavanchy-Scaiola C, Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Junttila N, Aromaa M, Räihä H & the Steps Study group. Parents´ Psychological Well-Being and Parental Self-Efficacy in Relation to the Family´s Triadic Interaction. Infant Mental Health Journal 2015; 36(3): 298-307.


Knaapila AJ, Sandell MA, Vaarno J, Hoppu U, Puolimatka T, Kaljonen A, Lagström H. Food neophobia associates with lower dietary quality and higher BMI in Finnish adults. Public Health Nutr 2015;18:2161-71.

Junttila N, Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Aromaa M, Rautava P, Piha J, Räihä H. Intercorrelations and developmental pathways of mothers' and fathers' loneliness during pregnancy, infancy and toddlerhood - STEPS study. Scand J Psychol. 2015; 56; 482-488.

Toivonen L, Schuez-Havupalo L, Rulli M, Ilonen J, Pelkonen J, Melen K, Julkunen I, Peltola V, Waris M. Blood MxA protein as a marker for respiratory virus infections in young children. J Clin Virol. 2015; 62 Jan;6, 8-13. (doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2014.11.018).


Knaapila A. J, Sandell, M, Vaarno, J, Hoppu U, Puolimatka, T, Kaljonen, A, Lagström, H. Food neophobia associates with lower dietary quality and higher BMI in Finnish adults. Public Health Nutrition 2014 (doi:10.1017/S1368980014003024).

Holmlund, S, Kaljonen, A, Junttila, N, Räihä, H, Mäkinen, J, Rautava, P. Psychological ill-being experienced by first-time mothers and their partners in pregnancy after abortion: a cohort study. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 2014; 34(4), 132-139.

Tuominen, M, Kaljonen, A, Ahonen, P, Rautava, P. Relational continuity of care in integrated maternity and child health clinics improve parents’ service experiences. International Journal of Integrated Care 14, 2014.

Gröndahl-Yli-Hannuksela K, Vuononvirta J, Peltola V, Mertsola J, He Q. Lack of association between mannose binding lectin and antibody responses after acellular pertussis vaccinations. Plos One 2014;9:e88919.

Mäkelä J, Vaarno J, Kaljonen A, Niinikoski H, Lagström H. Maternal overweight impacts infant feeding patterns - the STEPS study. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jan;68(1):43-9. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2013.229.

Schuez-Havupalo L, Karppinen S, Toivonen L, Kaljonen A, Jartti T, Waris M, Peltola V. Association between infant swimming and rhinovirus induced wheezing. Acta Paediatr 2014, published online 7 JUL 2014, DOI: 10.1111/apa.12736. 

Linderborg KM, Kalpio M, Mäkelä J, Niinikoski H, Kallio HP, Lagström H. Tandem mass spectrometric analysis of human milk triacylglycerols from normal weight and overweight mothers on different diets. Food Chemistry 2014;146:583-590 doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2013.09.092.



Hörnell A, Lagström H, Lande B, Thorsdottir I. Breastfeeding, introduction of other foods and effects on health: a systematic literature review for the 5th Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. Food Nutr Res. 2013 Apr 12;57. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v57i0.20823.


Junttila N, Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Aromaa M, Rautava P, Piha J, Vauras M, Lagström H & Räihä H. Mothers’ and Fathers’ Loneliness During Pregnancy, Infancy, and Toddlerhood. Psychology and Education Journal 2013; 50: 98-104.

Karppinen S, Vuononvirta J, He Q, Waris M, Peltola V. Effects of rhinovirus infection on nasopharyngeal bacterial colonization in infants with wild or variant types of mannose-binding lectin and Toll-like receptors 3 and 4. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc 2013;2:240-247.

Lagström H, Rautava P, Kaljonen A, Räihä H, Pihlaja P, Korpilahti P, Peltola V, Rautakoski P, Österbacka E, Simell, O, & Niemi P.  Cohort Profile: Steps to the Healthy Development and Well-being of Children (the STEPS Study) International Journal of Epidemiology 2013;42:1273-1284.

Mäkelä J, Linderborg K, Niinikoski H, Yang B, Lagström H. Breast milk fatty acid composition differs between overweight and normal weight women: the STEPS Study. European Journal of Nutrition. 2013 Mar;52(2):727-35. doi: 10.1007/s00394-012-0378-5.

Mäkelä J, Lagström H, Kaljonen A, Simell O, Niinikoski H. Hyperglycemia and lower diet quality in pregnant overweight women and increased infant size at birth and at 13 months of age -STEPS Study. Early Hum Dev. 2013;89(6):439-444 doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2013.01.007

Mäkelä J, Lagström H, Kaljonen A, Simell O, Niinikoski H. Response to the letter to the editor "Indices of insulin sensitivity and resistance: Adequate logarithmic transformation are needed to keep mathematical equivalence" by Tomoyuki Kawada. Early Hum Dev. 2013 Apr 9. doi:pii: S0378-3782(13)00064-9. 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2013.03.009.

Nuolivirta K, Vuononvirta J, Peltola V, Koponen P, Helminen M, He Q, Korppi M. Toll-like receptor-2 subfamily genotypes are not associated with severity of bronchiolitis or post-bronchiolitis wheezing in infants. Acta Paediatr 2013;102:1160-1164.

Oranta O, Pahkala K, Ruottinen S, Niinikoski H, Lagström H, Viikari JSA, Jula A, Simell O, Rönnemaa T, Raitakari OT. Infancy-onset dietary counseling of low-saturated-fat diet improves insulin sensitivity in healthy youth aged 15 to 20 years. The Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project (STRIP). Diabetes Care. 2013 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Pahkala K, Hietalampi H, Laitinen TT, Viikari J, Rönnemaa T, Niinikoski H, Lagström H, Talvia S, Jula A, Heinonen OJ, Juonala M, Simell O, Raitakari OT. Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Adolescence - Effect of Lifestyle Intervention and Association with Vascular Intima-media Thickness and Elasticity. The STRIP study. Circulation 2013;127:2088-96.

Pahkala K, Hernelahti M, Heinonen OJ, Raittinen P, Hakanen M, Lagström H, Viikari JS, Rönnemaa T, Raitakari OT, Simell O. Body mass index, fitness and physical activity from childhood through adolescence. Br J Sports Med 2013;47:71-7.

Vuononvirta J, Peltola V, Mertsola J, He Q.Risk of repeated Moraxella catarrhalis colonization is increased in children with Toll-like receptor 4 Asp299Gly polymorphism. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2013;32:1185-1188.


Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Junttila N, Korja R, Pajulo M, Aromaa M, Räihä H (2012). Marital satisfaction and parent’s prenatal attachment representations: Individual and inter-parental effects. Infant Mental Health Journal, supplement 33:94-95.
Kainulainen L, Peltola V, Seppänen M, Viander M, He Q, Lokki ML, Ruuskanen O. C4A deficiency in children and adolescents with recurrent respiratory infections. Hum Immunol 2012;73:498-501.


Lindman J. (2011). Tal- och språkutveckling hos svenskspråkiga och tvåspråkiga (svenska/finska) barn i ett års ålder. Teoksessa Stolt, S., Lehtihalmes, M., Heikkola, L. M. & Kunnari, S. (toim.), Lasten ja nuorten puheen ja kielen arviointi ja mittaaminen (s. 82-85). Helsinki: Puheen ja kielen tutkimuksen yhdistyksen julkaisuja 43.
Peltola V, Teros-Jaakkola T, Rulli M, Toivonen L, Broberg E, Waris M, Mertsola J. Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus in households with young children. Influenza Other Respi Viruses. 2011 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print]
Talvia S, Räsänen L, Lagström H, Anglé S, Hakanen M, Aromaa M, Sillanmäki L, Saarinen M, Simell O. Parental eating attitudes and indicators of healthy eating in a longitudinal randomized dietary intervention trial (the STRIP study). Public Health Nutr 2011;14:2065-73.
Vuononvirta J, Toivonen L, Gröndahl-Yli-Hannuksela K, Barkoff AM, Lindholm L, Mertsola J, Peltola V, He Q. Nasopharyngeal bacterial colonization and gene polymorphisms of mannose-binding lectin and toll-like receptors 2 and 4 in infants. PLoS One. 2011;6(10):e26198.


Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Räihä H, Savonlahti E, Korja R, Junttila N, Aromaa M, Vauras M. (2010). Association between prenatal maternal attachment representations and quality of mother-infant-interaction: effects of marital satisfaction. Infant Mental Health Journal, supplement to 32, issue 3.

Jartti T, Kuneinen S, Lehtinen P, Peltola V, Vuorinen T, Leinonen M, Ruuskanen O. Nasopharyngeal bacterial colonization during the first wheezing episode is associated with longer duration of hospitalization and higher risk of relapse in young children. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 2010 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Korja R, Räihä H, Tammisto R, Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Aromaa M, Savonlahti E, Junttila N, Piha J. (2010). The associations between parents’ prenatal attachment representations and the quality of triadic interaction with 18 months old child.  Infant Mental Health Journal, supplement to 32, issue 3.
Leppälä J, Lagström H, Kaljonen A, Laitinen K. Construction and evaluation of a self-containing index for assessment of diet quality. Scand J Public Health. 2010 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Leppälä J, Niinikoski H, Kaljonen A,  Lagström H. Altered glucose metabolism, low physical activity and poor diet quality in pregnant overweight women compared to normal weight women – the STEPS study. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity 2010; 5 (Suppl 1): 65.
Räihä H, Junttila N, Aromaa M, Ahlqvist-Björkroth S, Uusimäki M, Vauras M. (2010). Anxiety  of mothers and fathers during pregnancy  as a predictor for postnatal depression and later social phobia. Infant Mental Health Journal, Supplement to 32, issue 3.
Vaarno J, Leppälä J, Niinikoski H, Aromaa M and Lagström H. Lasten ja nuorten ylipainoepidemia on pysäytettävä, mutta miten? Suomen Lääkärilehti. 2010, 47:3883-8.


Haanpää L, Wilska TA. Ethics in Family Consumption: A View from Finland. Consumer09, Edinburgh, Consumer Voice and Representation? Article in proceedings. 2009.
Hakanen M, Raitakari OT, Lehtimäki T, Peltonen N, Pahkala K, Sillanmäki L, Lagström H, Viikari J, Simell O, Rönnemaa T. FTO genotype is associated with BMI after the age of 7 years but not with nutrient intakes or leisure time physical activity. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009;94:1281-7
Niinikoski H, Jula A, Viikari J, Rönnemaa T, Heino P, Lagström H, Jokinen E, Simell O. Blood pressure is lower in children and adolescents with low saturated fat diet since infancy. The STRIP study. Hypertension 2009;53:918-24
Puuronen A. Nuorten terveys on sidoksissa sosiokulttuurisiin ryhmiin. Suomen Lääkärilehti 2009;11:1002-1003.
Ruottinen S, Rönnemaa T, Niinikoski H, Lagström H, Saarinen M, Pahkala K, Kaitosaari T, Viikari J, Simell O. Carbohydrate intake, serum lipids and apolipoprotein E phenotype show association in children. Acta Paediatr 2009;98:1667-1673.


Lagström H, Hakanen H, Niinikoski H, Viikari J, Rönnemaa T, Siltala M, Pahkala K, Simell O. Growth patterns and obesity development in overweight or normal weight 13-year-old adolescents – The STRIP study. – Pediatrics 2008;122:876-883.
Pahkala K, Heinonen OJ, Lagström H, Hakala P, Sillanmäki L, Kaitosaari T, Viikari J, Aromaa M, Simell O. Parental and childhood oerweight in sedentary and active adolescents. - Scand J. Med. Sci. Sports: 2010 Feb;20(1):74-82
Pahkala K, Heinonen OJ, Lagström H, Hakala P, Simell O, Vikari J, Rönnemaa T, Hernelahti M, Sillanmäki L, Raitakari O. Vascular Endothelial Function and Leisure-time Physical Activity in Adolescents. - Circulation 2008;118:2353-2359.

Ruottinen S, Niinikoski H, Lagström H, Rönnemaa T, Hakanen M, Viikari J, Jokinen E, Simell O. High sucrose intake associates with poor quality of diet and growth between 13 months and 9 years of age. The STRIP study. - Pediatrics 2008;121:1676-1685.

Räihä H, Junttila N, Aromaa M, Ahlqvist-Björkroth S (2008). Family functioning, parental relationship and mental health. The intergenerational transmission and associations with child development. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29 (3A), No 389.

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