Malin Bergström

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Malin Bergström
Alma materKarolinska Institute
Known forChild psychology, Child custody
ChildrenManne, Hugo, Hampus, Majken
Scientific career
InstitutionsKarolinska Institute, Stockholm University
ThesisPsychoprophylaxis - Antenatal preparation and actual use during labour (2010)
Doctoral advisorsUlla Waldenström, Helle Kieler

Malin Bergström is a child psychologist and scientist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a specialist in studies concerning the effect on children with different child custody arrangements after divorce or separation. Using cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs, her research group has shown that children have better physical, mental and social outcomes if they live in a shared parenting arrangement compared to primarily living with only one parent.

Scientific activities[edit]

For her PhD thesis, Bergström conducted a group randomized trial concerning psychoprophylaxis during child birth, evaluating the use by both the mothers and the fathers.[1]

In 2011, Bergström started to work on the Elvis project at the Center for Health Equity Studies, a joint venture of Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute. This project is a longitudinal research study that follows the health and well being of children after their parents have divorced or separated. With Sweden as one of the early adopters of shared parenting, the project is unique in its ability to evaluate and compare long-term effects of different custody arrangements. In her various publications, Bergström has shown that children have better physical, mental and social outcomes if they live in a shared parenting arrangement, with approximately equal time with their mother and father compare with a primary parenting arrangement. This holds true for children of different ages, and whether or not their divorced parents have an amicable or high-conflict relationship.[2][3][4]

Bergström serves as a board member of the International Council on Shared Parenting.[5]


Bergström's research has received international media attention by for example Time Magazine,[6] Yahoo Parenting,[7] Radio Canada,[8] the Daily Mail,[9] the Journalist’s Resource,[10] and Science Daily.[11]

Selected publications[edit]

Peer-reviewed scientific articles[edit]

Popular press[edit]

Books (in Swedish)[edit]

  • Bergström M. Lyhört föräldraskap (Responsive parenting), Bonnier Fakta, 2013.
  • Bergström M. Fråga barnpsykologen – 142 frågor och svar om att vara förälder (Ask the child psychologist - 142 questions and answers about being a parent), Bonnier, 2018.
  • Bergström M. Att skiljas med barn (Getting divorced with children), Bonnier Fakta, 2018.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Malin Bergström (2010). "Psychoprophylaxis - Antenatal preparation and actual use during labour" (PDF). Karolinska Institute.
  2. ^ Bergström, Malin; Modin, Bitte; Fransson, Emma; Rajmil, Luis; Berlin, Marie; Gustafsson, Per A.; Hjern, Anders (2013). "Living in two homes-a Swedish national survey of wellbeing in 12 and 15 year olds with joint physical custody". BMC Public Health. 13: 868. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-868. PMC 3848933. PMID 24053116.
  3. ^ Bergström M, Fransson E, Modin B, Berlin M, Gustafsson PA, Hjern A. Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2015.
  4. ^ Fransson, Emma; Hjern, Anders; Bergström, Malin (2018). "What Can We Say Regarding Shared Parenting Arrangements for Swedish Children?". Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. 59 (5): 349–358. doi:10.1080/10502556.2018.1454198.
  5. ^ "ICSP Board of Directors". International Council on Shared Parenting.
  6. ^ Mandy Oaklander (April 27, 2015). "This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most". Time Magazine.
  7. ^ Beth Greenfield (April 28, 2015). "The Divorce Custody Arrangement That Benefits Kids Most". Yahoo Parenting.
  8. ^ "Children of divorce may not face added stress from joint custody". CBC / Radio Canada. May 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Alexandra Thompson, Joint custody is best in a divorce: Children are less naughty after their parents separate if they DON'T live with just mum or dad. Daily Mail, September 6, 2017
  10. ^ Denise-Marie Ordway. "Family separation: How does it affect children?". Journalist’s Resource.
  11. ^ "Fifty–fifty split best for children of divorce, study suggests". Science Daily. September 7, 2017.