Malin Jakobsson

Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare

Department of Caring Science


Signature: MLJA

I work as a PhD student within The Human Perspective in Care, with the project: Adolescents and Sleep: Promoting and Supporting Health

I am a specialist Nurse in Paediatric Care and Primary Health Care. When I worked as a school nurse, I met students with symptoms of sleep problems on a daily basis. Partly in the form of headache and general fatigue but also in the form of concentration difficulties and mental illness.

Sleep is a health aspect that is related to the ability to accommodate school education and therefore falls within the context of student health care. In order to develop the promotional work around sleep, further knowledge is needed. Above all, knowledge based on adolescents own experiences and stories about sleep and how support can be designed. This kind of research is currently limited both nationally and internationally. My research has four sub-studies to provide a better knowledge of the sleep and health in adolescents, creating a base of knowledge for student health, schools, parents and society in general for promoting and supporting health.

  • Study 1:The study aimed to describe the prevalence of self-reported sleep duration and sleeping difficulties and to explore their associations with school stress, self-perception, and technology use among adolescents.
  • Study 2: The aim was to describe reasons for sleeping difficulties as perceived by adolescents.
  • Study 3: The aim was to illuminate the meanings of adolescents’ lived experience of sleeping difficulties.
  • Study 4: The aim is to explore adolescent's suggestion how their sleep may be supported