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Tina Olsson

Senior lecturer

Tina Olsson
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 1101

Room number: K205
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Social Work (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1888
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Tina Olsson

 Research Interests

Risk and protective factors during childhood; families at risk; behavior problems during chidhood and adolescence; positive development during childhood and adolescence; prevention and intervention science; effectiveness and efficiency of social services for vulnerable groups; implementation science; applied health economics within social welfare.

Current research projects

PsPATHS: Preschool Promoting Alterntiv Thinking Strategies (PsPATHS) is an evidence based intervention (EBI) developed in the USA to promote social emotional competence in preschool children. This project is a randomized controlled trial of PsPATHS effectiveness in Sweden.  Implementation drivers and the meaning of culture i preschool environments is also investigated.  The culteral adaptation of PsPATHS from the American to Swedish context has been guided systematically by the Planned Intervention Adaptation (PIA) protocol.  There are currently 300 four- and five-year olds in a number of preschools enrolled in the study.

Lunden study: The Lunden study follows a cohort of women placed in state run institutional care for severe drug dependency according to the Care of Young Persons Act (LVU) and the Law on Compulsory Care for Substance Abusers (LVM) between 1997-2000. The study follows their use of several societal resources over a 30 year period and aims to describe the societal costs that arrise as a result of severe substance abuse.  In addition, this study investigates the difference in societal costs that arrise as a result of descrete clinical activities provided in conjunction with placemetn.

Completed research projects

Cost-effectiveness of MultifunC: MultifunC is a structured treatment provided in the context of state insitutional care for youth with severe behavior problems and at high risk for criminal recidivism. The treatment model extends from intake and assessment through placement and aftercare.  MultifunC was developed from the evidence base on effective services for this group of youth.  This project investigates the cost-effectiveness of MultifunC compared to the traditional services offered this population with state run institutional care.

Kvinnofredsprojektet: This project aims to describe and compare the unit costs and treatment costs attached to interventions that were assessed in three national evaluations: the evaluation of treatments for men that engaged in violence in the home, evaluation of social service interventions for women exposed to violence in the home, and evaluation of treatments that support children that have witnessed violence toward their mothers.

National comparison of parent training programs (NJF): The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of parent training programs in (1) reducing child social, emotional, and behavioral problems, and (2) improving parenting.  For parent training programs are included in the nation wide randomized trial: Connect, COPE, the Increadible Years, and Komet.

Previdence (MST-study): Multisystemic Therapy is a structured family and community based intervention for youth with severe behavior problems.  This multi-site, multi-center, randomized controll trial investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of MST compare to traditional services offered this group by the municipal social welfare agencies.


I currently teach students of social work at the Bachelor and Master level. Academic advisor for students of social work at all levels.




Latest publications

Childcare, Culture, and Child Development: A Swedish Perspective
Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Lilianne Eninger, Hanna Ginner Hau, Tina M. Olsson, Mina Sedem et al.
The Oxford Handbook of Moral Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, New York, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Contributions of positive youth development to intervention science
Kyle Eichas, Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Tina M. Olsson
Child and Youth Care Forum, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Lessons learned from implementing preschool PATHS in a Swedish context
Laura Ferrer-Wreder, Lillianne Eninger, Kyle Eichas, Mara Allodi Westling, Hanna Ginner Hau et al.
International PATHS Learning Conference proceedings, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

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Multisystemisk terapi för ungdomar med allvarliga beteendeproblem: resultat efter två år
Cecilia Andree-Löfholm, Tina M. Olsson, Knut Sundell, Kjell Hansson
Report 2009

Multisystemic therapy with conductdisordered young people: Stability of treatment outcomes two years after intake
Cecilia Andrée Löfholm, Tina M. Olsson, Knut Sundell, Kjell Hansson
Evidence and Policy, Journal article 2009
Journal article


Previdens Project: Results after 2-years.
Tina M. Olsson
What Works? 2008 Knowledge Translation Many Parts to Join. The Danish National Center for Social Reserach, Conference contribution 2008
Conference contribution

Effective services for alcohol and drug abusing youth: perspectives from Sweden
Tina M. Olsson, Håkan Leifman, Knut Sundell
Crossing Frontiers: International Developments in Drug Treatmet, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

Implementering steg för steg - vad säger forskningen?
Knut Sundell, Tina M. Olsson
Att förändra socialt arbete: forskare och praktiker om implementering, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

The Transportability of Multisystemic Therapy to Sweden: Short-Term Results From a Randomized Trial of Conduct-Disordered Youths
Knut Sundell, Kjell Hansson, Cecilia Andrée Löfholm, Tina M. Olsson, Lars Henry Gustle et al.
Journal of Family Psychology, Journal article 2008
Journal article


The costs of intervening in youth problem behavior in Sweden: a cost-consequence analysis
Tina M. Olsson
International Atlantic Economic Society 64th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Conference contribution 2007
Conference contribution

MST i Sverige - resultat från en randomiserat kontrollerad utvärdering efter sex månader.
Tina M. Olsson
SVUF Svenska utvärderings föreningskonferens: Utvärdering pågår! Pågår utvärdering?, Conference contribution 2007
Conference contribution

Visst kan man göra randomiserade studier i svensk socialvård: resultat från den svenska MST studien vid 7-månadersuppföljningen
Kjell Hansson, Knut Sundell, Cecilia Andree Löfholm, Tina M. Olsson, Lars-Henry Gustle
Socionomen, Magazine article 2007
Magazine article

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