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Anders Bakken

Anders Bakken


Anders Bakken is senior researcher at the Section for Youth Research at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. He has been carrying out research
regarding social inequality in school achievement and living conditions among young people in Norway. He is the director of the Ungdata-center.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines


Subject areas

Social inequalities   Youth   Educational outcome   School   Youth surveys Norway

Research groups

Research projects

  • Adolescents in Oslo in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The aim of the study was to map young people’s everyday life and quality of life, and how they experience the COVID-19 pandemic while they were still subject to strict restrictions.

  • Consequences of the Pandemic for Living Conditions and Equality

    In this project we will investigate the consequences of the pandemic for living conditions for children and young people, equality in families and for individuals, including children and adults with disabilities.

  • Evaluation of "Sport for all in Oslo"

    In this research, NOVA at OsloMet, in collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, evaluate the program «Sport for all in Oslo» from its inception in 2018 until 2024.

  • International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016 (ICCS)

    The ICCS 2016-study investigates students’ knowledge and understanding of societal values, civic society and political systems.

  • Minority Students in Upper Secondary School

    This project is about school satisfaction, educational drive and school performance among students with immigrant background in Norwegian upper secondary school.

  • Participation in Sports among Norwegian Youth

    The aim of the research project is to gain new knowledge about the social position and status of sport participation among young people in Norway.

  • Stress among Youths

    In this project, we aim to gain knowledge about how and why youths experience stress and stressors.

  • Ungdata

    Ungdata is a cross-national data collection scheme, designed to conduct youth surveys at the municipal level in Norway. NOVA administers the national database which is used as a basis for many research projects.

  • Young in Oslo 2021

    Young in Oslo is a unique study that has been conducted since the mid-1990s. The new survey in 2021 will provide answers to what it is like for adolescents to grow up in Oslo – and how young people's everyday life has changed over time.

  • Young People and Political Extremism

    NOVA has initiated a research project about political attitudes and engagement among Norwegian youth. Trust and mistrust in societal and political institutions among ordinary and radical youth is central to the study.

Scientific publications

Pedersen, Willy; Bakken, Anders; Stefansen, Kari; von Soest, Tilmann (2021). Sexual Victimization in the Digital Age: A Population-based Study of Physical and Image-based Sexual Abuse among Adolescents. Archives of Sexual Behavior .

Ulset, Vidar Sandsaunet; Bakken, Anders; Soest, Tilmann Von (2021). Ungdoms opplevelser av konsekvenser av pandemien etter ettår med covid-19-restriksjoner. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening . Vol. 141.

Bilgrei, Ola Røed; Bakken, Anders; Pedersen, Willy (2021). Når ungdom ruser seg. Ødegård, Guro; Pedersen, Willy (Ed.). UNGDOMMEN. Kapittel 10. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Jahre, Henriette; Grotle, Margreth; Smedbråten, Kaja; Richardsen, Kåre Rønn; Bakken, Anders; Øiestad, Britt Elin (2021). Neck and shoulder pain in adolescents seldom occur alone: Results from the Norwegian Ungdata Survey. European Journal of Pain . Vol. 25.

Kleppang, Annette Løvheim; Haugland, Siri Håvås; Bakken, Anders; Stea, Tonje Holte (2021). Lifestyle habits and depressive symptoms in Norwegian adolescents: a national cross-sectional study. 12 p. BMC Public Health . Vol. 21.

Von Soest, Tilmann; Bakken, Anders; Pedersen, Willy; Sletten, Mira Aaboen (2020). Livstilfredshet blant ungdom før og under covid-19-pandemien. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening .

Von Soest, Tilmann; Pedersen, Willy; Bakken, Anders; Sletten, Mira Aaboen (2020). Compliance with infection control rules among adolescents in Oslo during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening .

Frøyland, Lars Roar; Bakken, Anders; von Soest, Tilmann (2020). Physical Fighting and Leisure Activities among Norwegian Adolescents—Investigating Co-occurring Changes from 2015 to 2018. Journal of Youth and Adolescence .

Pedersen, Willy; Bakken, Anders; von Soest, Tilmann (2019). Mer bruk av cannabis blant Oslo-ungdom: Hvem er i risikosonen?. Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift . Vol. 3.

Strandbu, Åse; Bakken, Anders; Stefansen, Kari (2019). The continued importance of family sport culture for sport participation during the teenage years. 15 p. Sport, Education and Society .

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete