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Britt af Klinteberg

Professor emerita


Britt af Klinteberg is Professor of Psychology, Stockholm University, connected to Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, and affiliated Professor of Psychology, Dept of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

She has conducted research on behaviour and personality, as well as neuropsychological and psychobiological indicators of vulnerability for developing ill health-related lifestyles and 'disinhibitory psychopathology'. Her research focus is on dysfunctional impulse control, hyperactive behaviour, attention and cognition as important intervening factors in the development of psychosocial disturbances such as eating disorders, antisocial behaviour, drug abuse and violence.

Recent studies investigate personality/temperament dimensions as moderators of stressors or consequences of experienced stress and the development of post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, as well as lesser known female patterns of personality disturbances, drug abuse and crime.

She lately also finilized her six years of service as Ordinary Board member of the Alcohol Research Council of the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly and her two years as Chairman of the Swedish Association of Alcohol and Drug Research, 2003 - 2005.

She has published more than eighty scientific articles and chapters, is reviewer for a number of international journals, and Associate Editor of Journal of Individual Differences, 2004-2009. Responsible for the database Young Lawbreakers as Adults (YLA) originating from a project initiated in 1956 by the Swedish Ministry of Justice.

Collaboration work with research groups at St Petersburg State University, Russia and Yale University, USA.

Recent publications (a selection)

af Klinteberg, B., Almquist, Y., Beijer, U., & Rydelius, P.-A. (2011). Family psychosocial characteristics influencing criminal behaviour and mortality - possible mediating factors: A longitudinal study of male and female subjects in the Stockholm Birth Cohort. BMC Public Health, 11, 756-, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-756.

Scheffel Birath, C., DeMarinis, V., Stenbacka, M., & af Klinteberg, B. (2011). Women with alcohol problems - the possible significance of personality clustering for treatment planning. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30(2), 207-215, doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00221.x.

Ahrén-Moonga, J., Lekander, M., von Blixen, N., Rönnelid, J., Holmgren, S., & af Klinteberg, B. (2011). Levels of tumour necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 in severely ill patients with eating disorders. Neuropsychobiology, 63, 8-14, doi: 10.1159/000321832.

Eklund, J.M., Freidenfelt Liljeberg, J., & af Klinteberg, B. (2011). Delinquent behaviour patterns in adolescence: Development and associated personality traits. Personality and Mental Health, 5(3), 169-185, doi: 10.1002/pmh.137.

Grigorenko, E., & af Klinteberg, B. (2010). Personality, intelligence, and somatic and mental health disturbances in a time of societal change: A study of Russian adults. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology, 48(5), 5-35.

Grigorenko, E.L., DeYoung, C.G., Eastman, M., Getchell, M., Haeffel, G., af Klinteberg, B., Koposov, R.A., Oreland, L., Pakstis, A., Ponomarev, O.A., Ruchkin, V.V., Singh, J.P., & Yrigollen, C.M. (2010). Aggressive behavior, related conduct problems, and variation in genes affecting dopamine turnover. Aggressive Behavior, 36(3), 158-176, doi: 10.1002/ab.20339.

Väfors Fritz, M., Rajaleid, K., Hemström, Ö., & af Klinteberg, B. (2009). Quality of Life - Towards an understanding of individuals with psychopathic tendencies. Personality and Mental Health, 3, 183-192, doi: 10.1002/pmh.76.

af Klinteberg's abstracts in the Annual Report database.


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