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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.

  • Follow-up research 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.

  • Sports Research at the Ungdata Centre

    The project aims to update and widen our knowledge about participation in sports and physical activity and experiences with sports among children and 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.

  • Ungdata plus. A longitudinal study of boys and girls in Vestfold and Telemark, Norway

    Ungdata plus will collect data on what children and young people in Vestfold and Telemark (Norway) do in their leisure time and examine how this is related to their health and quality of life, and important life outcomes as adults – such as education, work and family life.

  • 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 in Oslo 2023

    Young in Oslo is the City of Oslo’s Ungdata survey – a unique study that has been conducted since the mid-1990s. The 2023 survey will provide answers to what it’s like for children and young people to grow up in Oslo – after living with a pandemic for almost two years.

  • 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

Potrebny, Thomas; Nilsen, Sondre Aasen; Bakken, Anders ; Soest, Tillman von; Kvaløy, Kirsti; Samdal, Oddrun; Sivertsen, Børge; Aase, Heidi; Bang, Lasse (2024). Secular trends in mental health problems among young people in Norway: a review and meta-analysis. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Kozák, Michal; Bakken, Anders ; von Soest, Tilmann Martin (2023). Psychosocial well-being before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic: a nationwide study of more than half a million Norwegian adolescents. Nature Mental Health.

Rodriguez Cano, Ruben; Kypriotakis, George; Cortes Garcia, Laura; Bakken, Anders ; von Soest, Tilmann Martin (2023). Polysubstance use and its correlation with psychosocial and health risk behaviours among more than 95,000 Norwegian adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic (January to May 2021): a latent profile analysis. The Lancet Regional Health - Europe.

Bakken, Anders ; Heggen, Kåre ; Helland, Håvard (2022). Utdanning. Frønes, Ivar; Kjølsrød, Lise (Ed.). Det norske samfunn : bind 2. p. 179-205. Gyldendal Akademisk.

Heradstveit, Ove; Nilsen, Sondre Aasen; Breivik, Kyrre; Bakken, Anders ; Haug, Thomas; Stormark, Kjell Morten (2022). Psychometric properties of a short self-report measure of rule-breaking behaviour among adolescents: findings from the Ungdata survey. 9 p. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.

Bilgrei, Ola Røed ; Bakken, Anders ; Pedersen, Willy (2021). Når ungdom ruser seg. Ødegård, Guro; Pedersen, Willy (Ed.). UNGDOMMEN. p. 255-274. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Ulset, Vidar Sandsaunet; Bakken, Anders ; Soest, Tilmann Von (2021). Ungdoms opplevelser av konsekvenser av pandemien etter ett år med covid-19-restriksjoner. 8 p. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. Vol. 141.

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. 12 p. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Bakken, Anders ; Hegna, Kristinn; Sletten, Mira Aaboen (2021). Offline, online. Digitale ungdomsliv gjennom tre tiår. Ødegård, Guro; Pedersen, Willy (Ed.). UNGDOMMEN. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Heradstveit, Ove; Nilsen, Sondre Aasen; Breivik, Kyrre; Bakken, Anders ; Haug, Thomas; Hartveit, Kristian; Stormark, Kjell Morten (2021). Past Year Cannabis Use Among Norwegian Adolescents: Time Trends Based on the Ungdata Surveys 2010–2019. 15 p. Frontiers in Psychiatry. Vol. 12.

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