Research projects and publications

Publications

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In press

Stickley A, Oh H, Koyanagi A, Leinsalu M, Narita Z, Roberts B, McKee M. Perceived discrimination and psychological distress in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Haraguchi H, Stickley A, Saito A, Takahashi H, Kamio Y. Stability of autistic traits from 5 to 8 years of age among children in the general population. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders.

Inagawa T, Narita Z, Sugawara N, Maruo K, Stickley A, Yokoi Y, Sumiyoshi T. A meta-analysis of the effect of multi-session transcranial direct current stimulation on cognition in dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Clinical EEG & Neuroscience.

Inoue Y, Green AH, Stickley A, Yazawa A, Gordon-Larsen P. Sex and racial/ethnic differences in the association between childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptom subtypes and body mass index in the transition from adolescence to adulthood in the United States. Pediatric Obesity.

Stickley A, Ng CFS, Watanabe C, Inoue Y, Koyanagi A, Konishi S. General thoughts of death and mortality: Findings from the Komo-Ise cohort, Japan. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

Oh HY, Waldman K, Stickley A, DeVylder J, Koyanagi A. Psychotic experiences and physical health conditions in the United States. Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Sternäng O, Palmer K, Kabir ZN, Hasan MI, Wahlin Å. Associations between functional biological age and cognition among older adults in rural Bangladesh: Comparisons with chronological age. Journal of Aging and Health.

Inoue Y, Stickley A, Yazawa A, Aida J, Kawachi I, Kondo K, Fujiwara, T. Adverse childhood experiences, exposure to a natural disaster, and posttraumatic stress disorder among survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

2019

Oh H, Stickley A, Singh F, Koyanagi A. Self-reported asthma diagnosis and mental health: findings from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys. Psychiatry Research 2019; 271: 721-725.

Oh H, Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Yau R, DeVylder J. Discrimination and suicidality among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Journal of Affective Disorders 2019; 245: 517-523.

Stickley A, Leinsalu M, Ruchkin V, Oh H, Narita Z, Koyanagi A. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and perceived mental health discrimination in adults in the general population. European Psychiatry 2019; 56: 91-96.

2018

Billingsley S, Matysiak A. Social mobility and family expansion in Poland and Russia during socialism and capitalism. Advances in Life Course Research 2018; 36: 80-91.

Carlson P. Binge drinking in adolescence: Social stratification and the collectivity of drinking cultures. European Journal of Social Work 2018 ; 21: 74-85.

Isaksson J, Stickley A, Koposov R, Ruchkin V. The danger of being inattentive – ADHD symptoms and risky sexual behaviour in Russian adolescents. European Psychiatry 2018; 47: 42-48.

Griswold MG, Fullmann N, Hawley C, ….., Leinsalu M, … , Gakidou E. Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet 2018; 392: 1015-1035.

Koposov R, Stickley A, Ruchkin V. Inhalant use in adolescents in northern Russia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2018; 53: 709-716.

Kamio Y, Takei R, Stickley A, Saito A, Nakagawa A. Impact of temperament and autistic traits on psychopathology in Japanese children: a nationwide cross-sectional study. Personality and Individual Differences 2018;124:1-7.

Koyanagi A, Lara E, Stubbs B, Carvalho A, Oh H, Stickley A, Veronese N, Vancampfort D. Chronic physical conditions, multimorbidity, and mild cognitive impairment in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2018; 66: 721-727.

Koyanagi A, Oh H, Stickley A, Stubbs B, Veronese N, Vancampfort D, Haro JM, DeVylder J. Sibship size, birth order and psychotic experiences: evidence from 43 low- and middle-income countries. Schizophrenia Research 2018; 201: 406-412.

Leinsalu M, Reile R, Vals K, Petkeviciene J, Tekkel M, Stickley A. Macroeconomic changes and dental care utilization in Estonia and Lithuania in 2004-2012: a repeated cross-sectional study. BMC Oral Health 2018; 18: 199.

Lorant V, Rianne de Gelder R, Kapadia D, Borrell C, Kalediene R, Kovács K, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Menvielle G, Regidor E, Rodríguez-Sanz M, Wojtyniak B, Heine Strand B, Bopp M, Mackenbach JP. Socioeconomic inequalities in suicide in Europe: the widening gap. British Journal of Psychiatry 2018; 212: 356-361.

Lozano R, Fullmann N, Abate D, …, Leinsalu M, …., Murray CJL. Measuring progress from 1990 to 2017 and projecting attainment to 2030 of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals for 195 countries and territories: a systematic nalysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet 2018; 392:2091-2138.

Mackenbach JP, Valverde JR, Artnik B, Bopp M, Brønnum-Hansen H, Deboosere P, Kalediene R, Kovács K, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Menvielle G, Regidor E, Rychtaříková J, Rodriguez-Sanz M, Vineis P, White C, Wojtyniak B, Hu Y, Nusselder WJ. Trends in health inequalities in 27 European countries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2018;115:6440-6445.

Ogino K, Takahashi H, Nakamura T, Kim J, Kikuchi H, Nakahachi T, Ebishima K, Yoshiuchi K, Ando T, Sumiyoshi T, Stickley A, Yamamoto Y, Kamio Y. Negatively skewed locomotor activity is related to autistic traits and behavioral problems in typically developing children and those with autism spectrum disorders. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2018; 12: 518.

Oh H, Koyanagi A , DeVylder J , Stickley A. Seasonal allergies and psychiatric disorders in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2018; 15: pii1965.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A. Physical multimorbidity and loneliness: a population-based study. Plos One 2018;13:e0191651.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Inoue Y, Leinsalu M. Childhood hunger and thoughts of death or suicide in
older adults. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2018; 26: 1070-1078.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Takahashi H, Ruchkin V, Inoue Y, Yazawa A, Kamio Y. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and happiness among adults in the general population. Psychiatry Research 2018; 265: 317-323.

Stickley A, Leinsalu M. Childhood hunger and depressive symptoms in adulthood: findings from a
population-based study. Journal of Affective Disorders 2018; 226: 332-338.

Stickley A, Tachimori H, Inoue Y, Shinkai T, Yoshimura R, Nakamura J, Morita G, Nishii S, Tokutsu Y, Otsuka Y, Egashira K, Inoue M, Kubo T, Tesen H, Takashima N, Tominaga H, Koyanagi A, Kamio Y. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and suicidal behavior in adult psychiatric outpatients. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2018; 72: 713-722.

Takahashi H, Nakahachi T, Stickley A, Ishitobi M, Kamio Y. Relationship between physiological and parent-observed auditory over-responsiveness in children with typical development and those with autism spectrum disorders. Autism 2018; 22: 291-298.

Takahashi H, Nakamura T, Kim J, Kikuchi H, Nakahachi T, Ishitobi M, Ebishima K, Yoshiuchi K, Ando T, Stickley A, Yamamoto Y, Kamio Y. Acoustic hyper-reactivity and negatively skewed locomotor activity in children with autism spectrum disorders: an exploratory study. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2018;9:355.

Tingstedt O, Lindblad F, Koposov R, Blatný M, Hrdlicka M, Stickley A, Ruchkin V. Somatic symptoms and internalizing problems in urban youth: a cross-cultural comparison of Czech and Russian adolescents. European Journal of Public Health 2018; 28: 480-484.

2017

Afshin A, Forouzanfar MH, Reitsma M, …., Leinsalu M, …, Murray CJL. Health effects of overweight and obesity in 195 countries over 25 years. NEJM 2017; 377: 13-27.

Barber RH, Fullman N, Sorensen RJD, …, Leinsalu M, …., Murray CJL. Healthcare Access and Quality Index based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990-2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet 2017; 390: 231-266.

Billingsley S, Duntava A. Putting the pieces together: 40 years of fertility trends across 19 post-socialist countries. Post-Soviet Affairs 2017: 33: 389-410.

Bjursell C, Nystedt P, Björklund A, Sternäng O. Educational level explains participation in work and education later in life. Educational Gerontology 2017; 43: 511-521.

Ferlander S, Shukhatovich, V. Social capital and depression in Belarus: setting the agenda. In: Health of the population: Problems and solutions. Proceedings of the international research and development seminar, 18-19 May 2017. Minsk: Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 2017, pp. 193-206 (In Russian).

Fagerström C, Wranker LS, Kabir ZN, Sternäng O. Everyday health among older people: a comparison between two countries with variant life conditions. Journal of Aging Research2017;DOI:10.1155/2017/2720942.

Gadeyne S, Menvielle G, Kulhanova I, Bopp M, Deboosere P, Eikemo TA, Hoffmann R, Kovács K, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Regidor E, Rychtarikova J, Spadea T, Strand BH, Trewin C, Wojtyniak B, Mackenbach JP. The turn of the gradient? Educational differences in breast cancer mortality in 18 European populations during the 2000s. Int J Cancer 2017; 141: 33-44.

Jukkala T, Stickley A, Mäkinen IH, Baburin A, Sparén P. Age, period and cohort effects on suicide mortality in Russia, 1956-2005. BMC Public Health 2017; 17: 235.

Kulhánová I, Menvielle G, Hoffmann R, Eikemo TA, Kulik MC, Toch-Marquardt M, Deboosere P, Leinsalu M, Lundberg O, Regidor E, Looman CW, Mackenbach JP; EURO-GBD-SE Consortium. The role of three lifestyle risk factors in reducing educational differences in ischaemic heart disease mortality in Europe. Eur J Public Health 2017; 27: 203–210.

Laidra K, Rahu K, Kalaus K-E, Tekkel M, Leinsalu M. Mental disorders among Chernobyl cleanup workers from Estonia: a clinical assessment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy 2017; 9 (Suppl 1): 93–97.

Mackenbach JP, Bopp M, Deboosere P, Kovacs K, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Menvielle G, Regidor E, de Gelder R. Determinants of the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in mortality: a study of 17 European countries. Health & Place 2017; 47: 44-53.

Mackenbach JP, Looman CWN, Artnik B, Bopp M, Deboosere P, Dibben C, Kalediene R, Kovács K, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Regidor E, Rychtaříková J, de Gelder R. “Fundamental causes” of inequalities in
mortality: an empirical test of the theory in 20 European populations. Sociology of Health & Illness 2017; 39: 1117-1133.

Reile R, Leinsalu M. Ethnic variation in self-rated health-mortality association: results from a 17 year follow-up study in Estonia. Medicina 2017; 53: 114-121.

Reile R, Stickley A, Leinsalu M. Re: Letter to the Editor of Public Health in response to ‘Laup study’. Public Health rge variation in predictors of mortality by levels of self-rated health: results from an 18-year follow-up study’. Public Health 2017:147:157-158.

Reile R, Stickley A, Leinsalu M. Large variation in predictors of mortality by levels of self-rated health: results from an 18-year follow-up study. Public Health 2017; 145: 59-66.

Reitsma M, Fullman N, Nq M, .., Leinsalu M, …., Gakidou E. Smoking prevalence and attributable disease burden in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet 2017; 389: 1885-1906.

Ruchkin V, Koposov RA, Koyanagi A, Stickley A. Suicidal behavior in juvenile delinquents: The role of ADHD and other comorbid psychiatric disorders. Child Psychiatry and Human Development 2017; 48: 691-698.

Saito A, Stickley A, Haraguchi H, Takahashi H, Ishitobi M, Kamio Y. Association between autistic traits in preschool children and later emotional/behavioral outcomes. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2017; 47: 3333-3346.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Takahashi H, Ruchkin V, Inoue Y, Kamio Y. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and physical multimorbidity: a population-based study. European Psychiatry 2017; 45: 227-234.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Takahashi H, Ruchkin V, Kamio Y. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and loneliness among adults in the general population. Research in Developmental Disabilities 2017; 62: 115-123.

Stickley A, Ng CFS, Konishi S, Koyanagi A, Watanabe, C. Airborne pollen and suicide mortality in Tokyo, 2001-2011. Environmental Research 2017; 155: 134-140.

Stickley A, Santini ZI, Koyanagi A. Urinary incontinence, mental health and loneliness among community-dwelling older adults in Ireland. BMC Urology 2017;17:29.

Stickley A, Tachibana Y, Hashimoto K, Haraguchi H, Miyake A, Takahashi H, Ohya Y, Nitta H, Kamio Y. Assessment of autistic symptoms in children aged 2 to 4½ years with the preschool version of the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-P): Findings from Japan. Autism Research 2017; 10: 852-865.

Takahashi H, Nakahachi T, Stickley A, Ishitobi M, Kamio Y. Stability of the acoustic startle response and its modulation in children with typical development and those with autism spectrum disorders: a one-year follow-up. Autism Research 2017; 10: 673-679.

Wesolowski K, Borodachova J, Shukhatovich V. Fertility intentions in Belarus: Analysis of social and demographic determinants. In: Health of the population: Problems and solutions. Proceedings of the international research and development seminar, 18-19 May 2017. Minsk: Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 2017, pp. 342-350 (In Russian).

Zachrison L, Ruchkin V, Stickley A, Koposov R. Inhalant use and mental health problems in Russian juvenile delinquents. Substance Use and Misuse 2017; 52: 1616-1623.

Östergren O, Lundberg O, Artnik B, Bopp M, Borrell C, Kalediene R, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Regidor E, Rodríguez-Sanz M, de Gelder R, Mackenbach JP. Educational expansion and inequalities in mortality – A fixed-effects analysis using longitudinal data from 18 European populations. Plos One 2017; 12: e0182526.

2016

Carlson P. Binge drinking in adolescence – social stratification and the collectivity of drinking cultures. European Journal of Social Work 2016. DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1255928

Carlson P. Trust and health in Eastern Europe: Conceptions of a new society. International Journal of Social Welfare 2016; 25: 69-77.

Carlson P, Almquist YB. Are area-level effects just a proxy for school-level effects? Socioeconomic differences in alcohol consumption patterns among Swedish adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence2016; 166: 243-248.

Berggren E, Björksten J, Carlson P. Sociala bestämningsfaktorer för alkoholvanor och alkoholrelaterade problem bland Stockholms ungdomar. Socialförvaltningen i Stockholm. Stockholms stad, 2016.

DeVylder J, Koyanagi A, Unick G, Oh H, Nam B, Stickley A. Stress sensitivity and psychotic experiences in 39 low- and middle-income countries. Schizophrenia Bulletin 2016; 42: 1353-1362.

Ferlander S, Stickley A, Kislitsyna O, Jukkala T, Carlson P, Mäkinen I. Social capital - a mixed blessing for women? A cross-sectional study of different forms of social relations and self-rated depression in Moscow
BMC Psychology 2016; 4:37.

Hu Y, van Lenthe FJ, Borsboom GJ, Looman CWN, Bopp M, Burström B, Dzurova D, Ekholm O, Klumbiene J, Lahelma E, Leinsalu M, Regidor E, Santana P, de Gelder R, Mackenbach JP. Trends in socioeconomic
inequalities in self-assessed health in 17 European countries between 1990 and 2010. J Epidemiol Community Health 2016; 70: 644-652.

Inoue Y, Stickley A, Yazawa A, Amemiya A, Shirai K, Kondo N, Kondo K, Ojima T, Hanazato M, Suzuki N, Fujiwara T. Neighborhood characteristics and cardiovascular risk among older people in Japan: Findings from the JAGES Project. PLoS ONE 2016;11:e0164525.

Inoue Y, Stickley A, Yazawa A, Fujiwara T, Kondo K, Kondo N. Month of birth is associated with mortality among older people in Japan. Findings from the JAGES cohort. Chronobiology International 2016; 33: 441-447.

Inoue Y, Stickley A, Yazawa A, Li D, Du J, Jin Y, Chen Y, Watanabe C. The association between economic development, lifestyle differentiation and C-reactive protein concentration within rural communities in Hainan Island, China. American Journal of Human Biology 2016; 28: 186-196.

Konishi S, Ng CFS, Stickley A, Watanabe C. Pollinosis and all-cause mortality among middle-aged and elderly Japanese: a population-based cohort study. Clinical & Experimental Allergy 2016; 46: 1083-1089.

Koyanagi A, Oh H, Stickley A, Haro JM, DeVylder J. Risk and functional significance of psychotic experiences among individuals with depression in 44 low- and middle-income countries. Psychological Medicine 2016; 46: 2655-2665.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Haro JM. Subclinical psychosis and pain in an English national sample: the role of common mental disorders. Schizophrenia Research 2016; 175: 209-215.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Haro JM. Psychotic symptoms and smoking in 44 countries. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica 2016; 133: 497-505.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Haro JM. Psychotic-like experiences and disordered eating in the English general population. Psychiatry Research 2016; 241: 26-34.

Lai T, Leinsalu M. Trends and inequalities in mortality of noncommunicable diseases. Case study for Estonia. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2016.

Lim SS, Allen K, Bhutta ZA, ..., Leinsalu M, ..., Murray CJL. Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet 2016; 388: 1813–50.

Nagavci B, de Gelder R, Martikainen P, Deboosere P, Bopp M, Rychtaříková J, Kalediene R, Leinsalu M, Mackenbach JP. Inequalities in tuberculosis mortality: long-term trends in 11 European countries.International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2016; 20: 574-581.

Ng CFK, Stickley A, Konishi S, Watanabe C. Ambient air pollution and suicide in Tokyo, 2001-2011. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016;201:194-202.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A. Loneliness, common mental disorders and suicidal behavior: Findings from a general population survey. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016; 197: 81-87.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, Blatny M, Hrdlička M, Schwab-Stone M, Ruchkin V. Loneliness and its association with psychological and somatic health problems among Czech, Russian and U.S. adolescents. BMC Psychiatry 2016; 16: 128.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Ruchkin V, Kamio Y. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms and suicide ideation and attempts: findings from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016; 189: 321-328.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Takahashi H, Kamio Y. ADHD symptoms and pain among adults in England. Psychiatry Research 2016; 246: 321-326.

Stickley A, Ng CFS, Inoue Y, Yazawa A, Koyanagi A, Kodaka M, DeVylder JE, Watanabe C. Birthdays are associated with an increased risk of suicide in Japan: evidence from 27,007 deaths in Tokyo in 2001-2010. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016: 200: 259-265.

Tasmin S, Ueda K, Stickley A, Yasumoto S, Phung VLH, Oishi M, Yasukouchi S, Uehara Y, Michikawa T, Nitta H. Short-term exposure to ambient particulate matter and emergency ambulance dispatch for acute illness in Japan. Science of the Total Environment 2016;566-567:528-535.

Tyrovolas S, Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Haro JM. Weight perception, satisfaction, control and low energy dietary reporting in the US adult population: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2012. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016; 116: 579-589.

Yazawa A, Inoue Y, Fujiwara T, Stickley A, Shirai K, Amemiya A, Kondo N, Watanabe C, Kondo K. Association between social participation and hypertension among older people in Japan: The JAGES study. Hypertension Research 2016; 39: 818-824.

2015

Elmelid A, Stickley A, Lindblad F, Schwab-Stone M, Henrich CC, Ruchkin V. Depressive symptoms, anxiety and academic motivation in youth: Do schools and families make a difference? Journal of Adolescence2015; 45: 174-182.

Gentile, M. The "soviet" factor: Exploring perceived housing inequalities in a midsized city in the Donbas, Ukraine. Urban Geography 2015; 36: 696-720.

Gentile M. West oriented in the East-oriented Donbas: a political stratigraphy of geopolitical identity in Luhansk, Ukraine. Post-Soviet Affairs 2015; 31: 201-223.

Habicht T, Leinsalu M. Part II: Country profiles of health system responses to the crisis. Estonia. In: Maresso A, Mladovsky P, Thomson S, Sagan A, Karanikolos M, Richardson E, Cylus J, Evetovits T, Jowett M, Figueras J, Kluge H (Editors). Economic crisis, health systems and health in Europe: Country experiences. Observatory Studies Series 41. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe/European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2015.

Jukkala T, Mäkinen IH, Stickley A. The historical development of suicide mortality in Russia,1870-2007. Archives of Suicide Research 2015;19:117-130.

Kamio Y, Haraguchi H, Stickley A, Ogino K, Ishitobi M, Takahashi H. Best discriminators for identifying children with autism spectrum disorder at an 18-month health check-up in Japan. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2015; 45: 4147-4153.

Kislitsyna OA, Ferlander S. Роль социальных отношений в объяснении социально-экономических различий в состоянии здровья Россиян [Role of social relations in explaining socioeconomic health disparities among the Russians]. Социальные Aспекты Здоровья Hаселения [Social Aspects of Population Health] 2015; 4 (44). (In Russian).

Koyanagi A, Stickley A. The association between sleep problems and psychotic symptoms in the general population: a global perspective. Sleep 2015; 38: 1875-1885.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A. The association between psychosis and severe pain in community-dwelling adults: Findings from 44 low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2015; 69: 19-26.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Garin N, Miret M, Ayuso-Mateos JL, Leonardi M, Koskinen S, Galas A, Haro JM. The association between obesity and back pain in nine countries: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2015;15:123.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Haro JM. Psychotic-like experiences and nonsuicidal self-injury in England: results from a national survey. PloS One 2015;10:e0145533.

Koyanagi A, Stickley A, Haro JM. Subclinical psychosis and suicidal behavior in England: Findings from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Schizophrenia Research 2015; 168: 62-67.

Kravchenko Z, Stickley A, Koyanagi A. Close relationships matter: family well-being and its effects on health in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies 2015; 67:1635-1655.

Laidra K, Rahu K, Tekkel M, Aluoja A, Leinsalu M. Mental health and alcohol problems among Estonian cleanup workers 24 years after the Chernobyl accident. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology2015; 50: 1753-1760.

Leinsalu M, Stickley A, Kunst AE. Reduced affordability of cigarettes and socio-economic inequalities in smoking continuation in Stakhanov, Ukraine, 2009. European Journal of Public Health 2015; 25: 216-218.

Löfving-Gupta S, Lindblad F, Stickley A, Schwab-Stone M, Ruchkin V. Community violence exposure and severe posttraumatic stress in suburban American youth: risk and protective factors. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2015; 50: 539-547.

Mackenbach JP, Kulhánová I, Bopp M, Deboosere P, Eikemo TA, Hoffmann R, Kulik MC, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Menvielle G, Regidor E, Wojtyniak B, Östergren O, Lundberg O. Variations in the relation between education and cause-specific mortality in 19 European populations: a test of the “fundamental causes” theory of social inequalities in health. Social Science & Medicine 2015; 127: 51-62.

Mackenbach JP, Kulhánová I, Menvielle G, Bopp M, Borrell C, Costa G, Deboosere P, Esnaola S, Kalediene R, Kovacs K, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Regidor E, Rodriguez-Sanz M, Strand BH, Hoffmann R, Eikemo TA, Östergren O, Lundberg O; for the Eurothine and EURO-GBD-SE consortiums. Trends in inequalities in premature mortality: a study of 3.2 million deaths in 13 European countries. Journal of Epidemiol Community Health 2015; 69: 207-217.

Mackenbach JP, Kulhanova I, Bopp M, Borell C, Deboosere P, Kovacs K, Looman CWN, Leinsalu M, Mäkela P, Martikainen P, Menvielle G, Rodriguez-Sanz M, Rychtarikova J, de Gelder R. Inequalities in alcohol-related mortality in 17 European countries: a retrospective analysis of mortality registers. PLOS Medicine 2015; 12(12).

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Kawakami N, WHO World Mental Health Japan Survey Group. Childhood adversities and adult-onset chronic pain: results from the World Mental Health Survey, Japan. European Journal of Pain 2015; 19: 1418-1427.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, Blatný M, Hrdlička M, Schwab-Stone M, Ruchkin V. Correlates of weapon carrying in school among adolescents in three countries. American Journal of Health Behavior2015; 39: 99-108.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, McKee M, Murphy A, Ruchkin V. Binge drinking and eating problems in Russian adolescents. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2015;39:540-547.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Leinsalu M, Ferlander S, Sabawoon W, McKee M. Loneliness and health in Eastern Europe: Findings from Moscow, Russia. Public Health 2015; 129: 403-410.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Roberts B, Goryakin Y, McKee M. Crime and subjective well-being in the countries of the former Soviet Union. BMC Public Health 2015; 15: 1010.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Roberts B, Leinsalu M, Goryakin Y, McKee M. Smoking status, nicotine dependence and happiness in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Tobacco Control 2015; 24: 190-197.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Roberts B, McKee M. Urban-rural differences in psychological distress in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Journal of Affective Disorders 2015; 178: 142-148.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Roberts B, Murphy A, Kizilova K, McKee M. Male solitary drinking and hazardous alcohol use in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2015; 150: 105-111.

Vandenheede H, Deboosere P, Espelt A, Bopp M, Borrell C, Costa G, Eikemo TA, Gnavi R, Hoffmann R, Kulhánová I, Kulik MC, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Menvielle G, Rodriguez-Sanz M, Rychtarikova J, Mackenbach JP. Educational inequalities in diabetes mortality across Europe in the 2000s: the interaction with gender. International Journal of Public Health 2015; 60: 401-410.

Wesolowski K. To have or not to have a child? Perceived constraints on childbearing in a lowest-low fertility context. Population, Space and Place 2015; 21: 86-101.

Yazawa A, Inoue Y, Stickley A, Li D, Du J, Watanabe C. The effects of season of birth on the inflammatory response to psychological stress in Hainan Island, China. PLoS One 2015:10:e0139602.

2014

Billingsley S, Puur A, Sakkeus L. Jobs, careers, and becoming a parent under state socialist and market conditions: Evidence from Estonia 1971-2006. Demographic Research 2014; 30(64):1733-1768.

Bursztein Lipsicas C, Mäkinen IH, Wasserman D, Apter A, Bobes J, Kerkof A, Michel K, Renberg ES, van Heeringen K, Värnik A, Schmidtke A. Immigration and recommended care after a suicide attempt in Europe: Equity or bias? European Journal of Public Health 2014; 24 (1): 63-65.

Bursztein Lipsicas C, Mäkinen IH, Wasserman D, Apter A, Kerkhof A, Michel K et al. Repetition of Attempted Suicide among Immigrants in Europe. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2014; 59: 539-547.

Gentile M, Marcińczak S. Housing inequalities in Bucharest: shallow changes in hesitant transition. GeoJournal 2014; 79: 449-465.

Kaleta D, Usidame B, Dziankowska-Zaborszczyk E, Makowiec-Dąbrowska T, Leinsalu M. Prevalence and factors associated with hardcore smoking in Poland: Findings from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2009-2010). BMC Public Health 2014;14:583.

Karlsson E, Stickley A, Lindblad F, Schwab-Stone M, Ruchkin V. Risk and protective factors for peer victimization: a 1-year follow-up study of urban American students. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry2014; 23: 773-781.

Kulik MC, Menvielle G, Eikemo TA, Bopp M, Jasilionis D, Kulhánová I, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Östergren O, Mackenbach JP. Educational inequalities in three smoking-related causes of death in 18 European populations. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 2014;16:507-18.

Kulhanova I, Hoffmann R, Judge K, Looman CWN, Terje A. Eikemo TA, Bopp M, Deboosere P, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Rychtaríkova J, Wojtyniak B, Menvielle G, Mackenbach JP. Assessing the potential impact of increased participation in higher education on mortality: Evidence from 21 European populations. Social Science & Medicine 2014, 117: 142-149.

Kulhánová I, Menvielle G, Bopp M, Borrell C, Deboosere P, Eikemo TA, Hoffmann R, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Regidor E, Rodríguez-Sanz M, Rychtaříková J, Wojtyniak B, Mackenbach JP. Socioeconomic differences in the use of ill-defined causes of death in 16 European countries. BMC Public Health 2014; 14: 1295.

Murphy A, Roberts B, Kenward M, DeStavola B, Stickley A, McKee M. Using multi-level data to estimate the effect of social capital on alcohol consumption in the former Soviet Union. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24:572-577.

Murphy A, Roberts B, Ploubidis GB, Stickley A, McKee M. Using multi-level data to estimate the effect of an 'alcogenic' environment on hazardous alcohol consumption in the former Soviet Union. Health & Place2014; 27:205-211.

Reile R, Helakorpi S, Klumbiene J, Tekkel M, Leinsalu M. The recent economic recession and self-rated health in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland: a comparative cross-sectional study in 2004-2010. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2014; 68: 1072-1079.

Rojas Y, Stickley A. Informal social capital in childhood and suicide among adolescent and young adult women: a cross-sectional analysis with 30 countries. Women's Studies International Forum 2014;42:1-8.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, Schwab-Stone M, Ruchkin V. Loneliness and health risk behaviours among Russian and U.S. adolescents: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2014;14:366.

2013

Abe SK, Stickley A, Roberts B, Richardson E, Abbott P, Rotman D, McKee M. Changing patterns of fruit and vegetable intake in countries of the former Soviet Union. Public Health Nutrition 2013;16:1924-1932.

Andreev E, Bogoyavlenskii D, Stickley A. Comparing Alcohol Mortality in Tsarist and Contemporary Russia: Is the Current Situation Historically Unique? Alcohol and Alcoholism 2013; 48:215-221.

Bursztein Lipsicas C, Mäkinen I H, Wasserman D, Apter A, Kerkhof A, Michel K, Salander Renberg E, van Heeringen C, Värnik A, Schmidtke A. Gender distribution of suicide attempts among immigrant groups in European countries – an international perspective. European Journal of Public Health 2013; 23:279-284.

Footman K, Roberts B, Stickley A, Kizilova K, Rotman D, McKee M. Smoking cessation and desire to stop smoking in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2013; 15:1628-1633.

Gentile M. Meeting the 'organs': the tacit dilemma of fieldwork in authoritarian states. Area 2013; 45:426-432.

Gentile M, Sjöberg O. Housing allocation under socialism: the Soviet case revisited. Post-Soviet Affairs2013, 29:2,173–195.

Jukkala T. Suicide in Russia. A macro-sociological study. Doctoral Dissertation. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Uppsala. 2013.

Jukkala T. Suicide as a withdrawal from communication: A new Luhmannian perspective on an old sociological problem. [Självmord som ett avlägsnande från kommunikation: Ett nytt luhmannskt perspektiv på ett gammalt sociologiskt problem.] Sosiologi i dag 2013; 43:1, 58-78.

Kulik MC, Hoffmann R, Judge K, Looman C, Menvielle G, Kulhánová I, Toch M, Ostergren O, Martikainen P, Borrell C, Rodríguez-Sanz M, Bopp M, Leinsalu M, Jasilionis D, Eikemo TA, Mackenbach JP. Smoking and the potential for reduction of inequalities in mortality in Europe. European Journal of Epidemiology. 2013; 28: 959-71.

Marcińczak S, Gentile M, Stepniak M. Paradoxes of (Post)Socialist Segregation: Metropolitan Sociospatial Divisions Under Socialism and After in Poland. Urban Geography 2013; 34:3, 327–352.

Murphy A, Levchuk N, Stickley A, Roberts B, McKee M. A country divided? Regional variation in mortality in Ukraine. International Journal of Public Health 2013; 58:837-844.

Mäkinen IH. The East Is - Empty. Baltic Rim Economies 2013; 1:41-42.

Norström T, Stickley A. Alcohol tax, consumption and mortality in tsarist Russia: is a public health perspective applicable? European Journal of Public Health 2013; 23:340-344.

Petrova S, Gentile M, Mäkinen IH, Bouzarovski S. Perceptions of thermal comfort and housing quality: Exploring the Micro-Geographies of Energy Poverty in Stakhanov, Ukraine. Environment and Planning A.2013; 45:1240-1257.

Pray L, Cohen C, Mäkinen IH, Värnik A, MacKellar FL (eds). Suicide in Eastern Europe, the CIS, and the Baltic Countries: Social and Public Health Determinants. A Foundation for Designing Interventions. Summary of a Conference. IIASA. 2013.

Reile R, Leinsalu M. Differentiating positive and negative self-rated health: results from a cross-sectional study in Estonia. International Journal of Public Health 2013; 58:555-564.

Roberts B, Gilmore A, Stickley A, Kizilova A, Prohoda V, Rotman D, Haerpfer C, McKee M. Prevalence and psychosocial determinants of nicotine dependence in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2013; 15:271-276.

Roberts B, Stickley A, Gilmore A, Danishevski K, Kizilova K, Bryden A, Rotman D, Haerpfer C, McKee M. Knowledge of the health impacts of smoking and public attitudes towards tobacco control in the former Soviet Union. Tobacco Control 2013; 22:e12.

Rodin J., Åberg P. Fatherhood across space and time: Russia in perspective. Baltic Worlds 2013, 3-4: 21-28.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, McKee M, Roberts B, Murphy A, Ruchkin V. Binge drinking among adolescents in Russia: prevalence, risk and protective factors. Addictive Behaviors. 2013; 38:1988-1995.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, McKee M, Roberts B, Ruchkin V. Peer victimisation and its association with psychological and somatic health problems among adolescents in northern Russia. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2013; 7:15.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Koposov R, Razvodovsky Y, Ruchkin V. Adolescent binge drinking and risky health behaviours: Findings from northern Russia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013;133:838-844.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Richardson E, Roberts B, Balabanova D, McKee M. Prevalence and factors associated with the use of alternative (folk) medicine practitioners in 8 countries of the former Soviet Union. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;13:83.

Stickley A, Koyanagi A, Roberts B, Richardson E, Abbott P, Tumanov S, McKee M. Loneliness: its correlates and association with health behaviours and outcomes in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. PLos One 2013; 8(7):e67978.

Stickley A,Koyanagi A, Roberts B, Rotman D, McKee M. Criminal victimisation and health: Examining the relation in nine countries of the former Soviet Union. Social Science & Medicine. 2013; 91:76-83.

Vals K, Kiivet RA, Leinsalu M. Alcohol consumption, smoking and overweight as a burden for health care services utilization: a cross-sectional study in Estonia. BMC Public Health 2013; 13:772.

Vågerö D, Koupil I, Parfenova N, Sparen P. Long-term health consequences following the siege of Leningrad. In Lumey LH, Vaiserman A (eds.) Early Life Nutrition and Adult Health and Development: Lessons from Changing Dietary Patterns, Famines, and Experimental Studies. New York: Nova Science Publications, 2013; 207-225.

2012

Billingsley S. Intragenerational mobility and mortality in Russia: Short and longer-term effects. SocialScience & Medicine 2012; 75: 2326-2336.

Bursztein Lipsicas C, Mäkinen IH, Apter A, DeLeo D, Kerkhof A, Lönnqvist J et al. Attempted Suicide among Immigrants in European Countries – An International Perspective. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2012; vol.47: 241-251.

Gentile M. Mass privatization, unemployment and mortality. Europe-Asia Studies. 2012; 64: 785-787.

Gentile M, Marcińczak S. No more work for Stakhanov: migrants and stayers in the depopulating Donbas, Ukraine. Urban Geography. 2012; 33: 401-419.

Gentile M, Tammaru T, van Kempen R. Heteropolitanization: Social and spatial change in Central and East European cities. Cities. 2012; 29: 291-299.

Murphy A, Roberts B, Stickley A, McKee M. Social factors associated with alcohol consumption in the former Soviet Union: a systematic review. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2012;47:711-718.

Plug I, Hoffmann R, Artnik B, Bopp M, Borrell C, Costa G, Deboosere P, Esnaola S, Kalediene R, Leinsalu M, Lundberg O, Martikainen P, Regidor E, Rychtarikova J, Strand BH, Wojtyniak B, Mackenbach JP. Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality from conditions amenable to medical interventions: do they reflect inequalities in access or quality of health care? BMC Public Health 2012; 12(1): 346.

Roberts B, Gilmore A, Stickley A, Rotman D, Haerpfer C, Prohoda V, McKee M. Changes in smoking prevalence in eight countries of the former Soviet Union between 2001 and 2010. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 102: 1320-1328

Roberts B, Stickley A, Balabanova D, Haerpfer C, McKee M. The persistence of irregular treatment of hypertension in the former Soviet Union. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012; 66:1079-1082.

Roberts B, Stickley A, Balabanova D, McKee M. Irregular treatment of hypertension in the former Soviet Union. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012; 66: 482-488.

Roberts B, Stickley A, Gasparashvili A, Haerpfer C, McKee M. Changes in household access to water in countries of the former Soviet Union. Journal of Public Health 2012; 34: 352-359.

Roberts B, Stickley A, Haerpfer C, McKee M, Gasparishvili AT, Krukhmaleva OV. Sotsiologicheskii podkhod k issledovaniyu dostupnosti pit'evoi vody dlya domokhozyaistv v stranakh byvshego SSSR (A sociological approach to the study of household access to drinking water in the countries of the former Soviet Union). Vestnik RUDN, seriya Sotsiologiya 2012; 3:60-69.

Roberts B, Stickley A, Murphy A, Kizilova K, Bryden A, Rotman D, Haerpfer C, McKee M. Patterns of public support for price increases on alcohol in the former Soviet Union. Alcohol & Alcoholism. 2012; 47: 473-478.

Roberts B, Stickley A, Petticrew M, McKee M. The influence of concern about crime on levels of psychological distress in the former Soviet Union. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012. 66:433-9.

Stickley A, Leinsalu M, Kunst A, Bopp M, Strand B, Martikainen P, Lundberg O, Kovács K, Artnik B, Kalediene R, Rychtařiková J, Wojtyniak B, Mackenbach J. Socioeconomic inequalities in homicide mortality: a population-based comparative study of 12 European countries. European Journal of Epidemiology 2012; 27:877-884.

Stickley A, Razvodovsky Y. The effects of beverage type on homicide rates in Russia, 1970-2005. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2012; 31: 257-262.

Van Raalte AA, Kunst AE, Lundberg O, Leinsalu M, Martikainen P, Artnik B, Deboosere P, Stirbu I, Wojtyniak B, Mackenbach JP. The contribution of educational inequalities to lifespan variation. Population Health Metrics 2012; 10: 3.

2011

Álvarez JL, Kunst AE, Leinsalu M, Bopp M, Strand BH, Menvielle G, Lundberg O, Martikainen P, Deboosere P, Kalediene R, Artnik B, Mackenbach JP, Richardus JH. Educational inequalities in tuberculosis mortality in 16 European populations. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2011; 15:1461-1468.

Andreev EM, Bogoyavlenskii DD, Stickley A. Alkogol'naya smertnost' v Rossiiskoi Imperii v 1870-1894 godakh (Alcohol mortality in the Russian Empire in 1870-1894). Demoscope Weekly, No. 461-462 (4-17 April 2011). In Russian.

Baburin A, Lai T, Leinsalu M. Avoidable mortality in Estonia: exploring the differences in life expectancy between Estonians and non-Estonians in 2005-2007. Public Health, 2011; 125: 754-762.

Bouzarovski S, Salukvadze J, Gentile M. A Socially Resilient Urban Transition? The Contested Landscapes of Apartment Building Extensions in Two Post-communist Cities. Urban Studies. 2011; 48: 2689-2714.

Jukkala T, Mäkinen IH. Acceptance of Suicide in Moscow. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology2011; 46: 753-765.

Leinsalu M, Kaposvári C, Kunst AE. Is income or employment a stronger predictor of smoking than education in economically less developed countries? A cross-sectional study in Hungary. BMC Public Health 2011; 11: 97.

Rodin J. Fertility intentions and risk management: exploring the fertility decline in Eastern Europe during transition. AMBIO 2011; 40: 221-230.

Stickley A, Jukkala T, Norström T. Alcohol and suicide in Russia, 1870–1894 and 1956–2005: evidence for the continuation of a harmful drinking culture across time? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2011; 72: 341-347.

Van Raalte AA, Kunst AE, Deboosere P, Leinsalu M, Lundberg O, Martikainen P, Strand BH, Artnik B, Wojtyniak B, Mackenbach JP. More variation in lifespan in lower educated groups: evidence from 10 European countries. International Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 40: 1703-1714.

Vågerö D. Alexander Nemtsov's Pioneering Work on Alcohol in Modern Soviet and Russian History. In: A. Nemtsov. A Contemporary Russian History of Alcohol. Södertörn högskola, 2011 (pp 13-32).

2010

Gentile M, Sjöberg Ö. Soviet housing: Who built what and when? The case of Daugavpils, Latvia. Journal of Historical Geography, 2010, 36(4), 453-465.

Gentile M, Sjöberg Ö. Spaces of priority: the geography of Soviet housing construction in Daugavpils, Latvia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2010; 100: 1–25.

Jukkala T, Mäkinen IH. Suicide in Changing Societies. Baltic Worlds 2010; 3: 10-16.

Kislitsyna O, Stickley A, Gilmore A, McKee M. The social determinants of adolescent smoking in Russia in 2004. International Journal of Public Health 2010; 55: 619-626.

Magnusson S, Mäkinen IH. Sweden: income and suicide. Psychological Reports 2010; 107: 157-162.

Bursztein Lipsicas C, Mäkinen IH. Immigration and suicidality in the young. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry2010; 55: 274-281.

Stickley A, Carlson P. Factors associated with non-lethal violent victimization in Sweden in 2004-2007. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2010; 38: 404-410.

Stickley A, Pridemore WA. The effects of binge drinking and social capital on violent victimization: findings from Moscow. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2010; 64: 902-907.

Stirbu I, Kunst AE, Bopp M, Leinsalu M, Regidor E, Esnaola S, Costa G, Martikainen P, Borrell C, Kalediene R, Rychtarikova J, Artnik B, Deboosere P, Mackenbach JP. Educational inequalities in avoidable mortality in Europe. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2010; 64: 913-920.

Vågerö D. The East-West health divide in Europe: growing and shifting eastwards. European Review 2010; 18: 23-34.

Vågerö D. Razryv «zapad – vostok» v sostoyanii zdorov'ya naseleniya Evropy: rost problem v vostochnom napravlenii. Zhurnal issledovanii sotsial'noi politiki [Journal of Social Policy Studies] 2010; 8(3): 319-330. In Russian.

2009

Ferlander S, Mäkinen IH. Social capital, gender and self-rated health. Evidence from the Moscow Health Survey 2004. Social Science & Medicine 2009; 69: 1323-1332.

Koupil I, Plavinskaja S, Parfenova N, Shestov DB, Danziger PD, Vågerö D. Cancer mortality in women and men who survived the siege of Leningrad (1941-1944). International Journal of Cancer 2009; 124: 1416-21.

Leinsalu M, Stirbu I, Vågerö D, Kalediene R, Kovács K, Wojtyniak B, Wróblewska W, Mackenbach JP, Kunst AE. Educational inequalities in mortality in four Eastern European countries: divergence in trends during the post-communist transition from 1990 to 2000. International Journal of Epidemiology 2009; 38: 512-525.

Menvielle G, Stirbu I, Roskam AJ, Schaap MM, Leinsalu M, Kunst AE, Mackenbach JP. [Socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in Europe.] Med Sci (Paris). 2009; 25: 192-196. In French.

Mäkinen IH. Social Theories of Suicide. In: Wasserman D & Wasserman C (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention. A Global Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 (pp.139–147).

Mäkinen IH, Wasserman D. Labour market, work environment and suicide. In: Wasserman D & Wasserman C (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention. A Global Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 (pp.221–229).

O'Hara S, Gentile M. Household incomes in Central Asia: the case of post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Eurasian Geography and Economics 2009; 50: 327–47.

O'Hara S, Ivlevs A, Gentile M. The Impact of Global Economic Crisis on Remittances in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Eurasian Geography and Economics 2009; 50: 447–463.

Rafiqui PS, Gentile M. Vientiane. Cities 2009; 26: 38–48.

Razvodovsky Y, Stickley A. Suicide in urban and rural regions of Belarus, 1990-2005. Public Health 2009; 123: 27–31.

Schaap MM, Kunst AE, Leinsalu M, Regidor E, Espelt A, Ekholm O, Helmert U, Klumbiene J, Mackenbach JP. Female ever-smoking, education, emancipation and economic development in 19 European countries. Social Science & Medicine 2009; 68: 1271–8.

Stickley A, Carlson P. The social and economic determinants of smoking in Moscow, Russia. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2009; 37: 632–639.

Stickley A, Ferlander S, Jukkala T, Carlson P, Kislitsyna O, Mäkinen IH. Institutional trust in contemporary Moscow. Europe-Asia Studies 2009; 61: 779–796.

Stickley A, Leinsalu M, Razvodovsky Y. Homicide in post-Soviet Belarus: Urban-rural trends. European Journal of Public Health, 2009; 19: 117–20.

Stickley A, Razvodovsky Y. Alcohol poisoning in Belarus: A comparison of urban-rural trends, 1990-2005. Alcohol & Alcoholism 2009; 44: 326–31.

Stickley A, Razvodovsky Y, McKee M. Alcohol mortality in Russia: A historical perspective. Public Health2009; 123: 20–26.

Van der Heyden JH, Schaap MM, Kunst AE, Esnaola S, Borrell C, Cox B, Leinsalu M, Stirbu I, Kalediene R, Deboosere P, Mackenbach JP, Van Oyen H; for the Eurothine consortium. Socioeconomic inequalities in lung cancer mortality in 16 European populations. Lung Cancer 2009; 63: 322–30.

2008

Espelt A, Borrell C, Roskam AJ, Rodríguez-Sanz M, Stirbu I, Dalmau-Bueno A, Regidor E, Bopp M, Martikainen P, Leinsalu M, Artnik B, Rychtarikova J, Kalediene R, Dzurova D, Mackenbach J, Kunst AE. Socioeconomic inequalities in diabetes mellitus across Europe at the beginning of the 21st century. Diabetologia 2008; 51: 1971-9.

Ezendam NP, Stirbu I, Leinsalu M, Lundberg O, Kalediene R, Wojtyniak B, Martikainen P, Mackenbach J, Kunst A. Educational inequalities in cancer mortality differ greatly between countries around the Baltic Sea. European Journal of Cancer 2008; 44: 454-464.

Jukkala T, Mäkinen IH, Kislitsyna O, Ferlander S, Vågerö D. Economic strain, social relations, gender, and binge drinking in Moscow. Social Science & Medicine 2008; 66: 663-74.

Kislitsyna OA, Ferlander S. Vliyanie sotsial'noi podderzhki na zdorov'e Moskvichei [The influence of social support on the health of Muscovites]. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya 2008; No. 4: 81-84. In Russian.

Mackenbach JP, Stirbu I, Roskam JA, Schaap M, Menvielle G, Leinsalu M, Kunst AE. Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health in 22 European Countries. New England Journal of Medicine 2008; 358: 2468-81.

Oja L, Matsi A, Leinsalu M. Estonian Health Interview Survey 2006. Methodological report. Tallinn: National Institute for Health Development, 2008.

Rojas Y, Stickley A, Carlson P. Too poor to binge? An examination of economic hardship and its relation to alcohol consumption patterns in Taganrog, Russia. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2008; 36: 330-3.

Schaap MM, Kunst AE, Leinsalu M, Regidor E, Ekholm O, Dzurova D, Helmert U, Klumbiene J, Santana P, Mackenbach JP. Effect of nation-wide tobacco control policies on smoking cessation in high and low educated groups in 18 European countries. Tobacco Control 2008; 17: 248-55.

Stickley A, Kislitsyna O, Timofeeva I, Vågerö D. Attitudes toward intimate partner violence against women in Moscow, Russia. Journal of Family Violence 2008; 23: 447-56.

Stickley A, Timofeeva I, Sparén P. Risk factors for intimate partner violence against women in St. Petersburg, Russia. Violence Against Women 2008; 14: 483-495.

Vågerö D, Kislitsyna O, Ferlander S, Migranova L, Carlson P, Rimachevskaya N. Moscow Health Survey 2004 - Social surveying under difficult circumstances. International Journal of Public Health 2008; 53: 171-9.

2007

Mäkinen IH. The Acceptance of Suicide and its Concomitants in Eastern and Western Europe in Times of Transition. In. Holyst, B. (ed.): EuroCriminology Vol. 20/21. Lodz: Lodz University Press, 2007 (pp.3-27).

Ferlander S. The importance of different forms of social capital for health. Acta Sociologica 2007; 50: 115-128.

Koupil I, Rahu K, Rahu M, Karro H, Vågerö D. Major improvements, but persisting inequalities in infant survival in Estonia 1992–2002. European Journal of Public Health 2007; 17: 8-16.

Koupil I, Shestov DB, Sparén P, Plavinskaja S, Parfenova N, Vågerö D. Blood pressure, hypertension and mortality from circulatory disease in men and women who survived the siege of Leningrad. European Journal of Epidemiology 2007; 22: 223-34.

Leinsalu M, Tekkel M, Kunst AE. Social determinants of ever initiating smoking differ from those of quitting: a cross-sectional study in Estonia. European Journal of Public Health 2007; 17: 572-578.

Razvodovsky Y, Stickley A. The level and structure of alcohol-related mortality in Grodno, Belarus. Alcoholism 2007; 43: 91-103.

Stickley A, Leinsalu M, Andreev E, Razvodovsky Y, Vågerö D, McKee M. Alcohol poisoning in Russia and the countries in the European part of the former Soviet Union, 1970-2002. European Journal of Public Health 2007; 17: 444-449.

Stickley A, Pridemore WA. The social-structural correlates of homicide in late-tsarist Russia. British Journal of Criminology 2007; 47: 80–99.

2006

McKee M, Balabanova D, Akingbade K, Pomerleau J, Stickley A, Rose R, Haerpfer CW. Access to water in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Public Health 2006; 120: 364–72.

Mäkinen IH. Självmordens geografiska fördelning i Sverige. In: Lunden, T. (ed.): Katastrof! Olyckans geografi och antropologi. Ymer, årsbok för Svenska sällskapet för antropologi och geografi 2006; 126: 251-268.

Mäkinen IH. The acceptance of suicide and its concomitants in Eastern and Western Europe in times of transition. Suicydologia 2006; 2(1): 1–16. In Polish.

Mäkinen IH. Suicide mortality of Eastern European regions before and after the communist period. Social Science & Medicine 2006; 63: 307–319.

Mäkinen IH, Reitan T. Continuity and Change in Russian Alcohol Consumption from the Tsars to Transition. Social History 2006; 31: 160–179.

Mäkinen IH, Reitan T. Note on the Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition. Social History2006; 31: 180–181.

Mäkinen IH, Stickley A. Suicide mortality and agricultural rationalization in post-war Europe. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2006; 41: 429–434.

Rojas Y, Carlson P. The stratification of social capital and its consequences for self-rated health in Taganrog, Russia. Social Science & Medicine 2006; 62: 2732–2741.

Shkolnikov VM, Andreev EM, Jasilionis D, Leinsalu M, Antonova OI, McKee M. Towards an understanding of the changing relationship between education and life expectancy in eastern Europe in the 1990s. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2006; 60: 875–881.

Stickley A. On interpersonal violence in Russia in the present and the past: A sociological study. Doctoral Thesis. Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2006.

Vågerö D. Where does new theory come from? Comment to "A guide and a glossary on post-positivist theory building for population health". Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2006; 60; 573–574.

Vågerö D. Do health inequalities persist in the new global order. In: Therborn G (Ed.) Inequalities of the world. London: Verso Publications, 2006.

Vågerö D, Ferlander S, Leinsalu M, Mäkinen IH, Stickley A. Unhealthy societies? Health stagnation, growing health inequalities are not consistent with sustainable development. In: L Ryden (Ed.), Realizing a common vision for a Baltic Sea eco-region – Report from a research symposium on sustainable development patterns. Uppsala: The Baltic University Programme, 2006 (pp. 39–46).

2005

Carlson P. Relatively poor, absolutely ill? A study of regional income inequality in Russia and its possible health consequences. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005; 59: 389–394.

Ferlander S, Carlson P. Demokratisk förtroendekris i Ryssland - Moskvaborna misstror samhällets institutioner. Uppsala Nya Tidning 2005, Oct 9.

Mäkinen IH. Unga kvinnors självmord i Sverige: höga tal i jämförelse med övriga Europa. Läkartidningen2005; 102: 1835–1836.

Stickley A, Carlson P. Alcohol and homicide in early twentieth century Russia. Contemporary Drug Problems 2005; 32: 501–523.

Stickley A, Mäkinen IH. Homicide in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union: Continuity or change? British Journal of Criminology 2005; 45: 647–670.

Vågerö D, Leinsalu M. Health inequalities and social dynamics in Europe. British Medical Journal 2005; 331: 186-187.

Vågerö D, Kislitsyna O. Self-reported heart symptoms are strongly linked to past and present poverty in Russia: Evidence from the 1998 Taganrog interview survey. European Journal of Public Health 2005; 15: 418–423.

2004

Aluoja A, Leinsalu M, Shlik J, Vasar V, Luuk K. Symptoms of depression in the Estonian population: prevalence, sociodemographic correlates and social adjustment. Journal of Affective Disorders 2004; 1: 27–35.

Carlson P. The European health divide: A matter of financial or social capital? Social Science & Medicine2004; 59:1985–1992.

Leinsalu M. Troubled transitions. Social variation and long-term trends in health and mortality in Estonia. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 2004.

Leinsalu M, Vågerö D, Kunst AE. Increasing ethnic differences in mortality in Estonia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004; 58: 583–589.

Mäkinen IH. Suicide. In: L. McKellar, Y. Andryushina, D. Horlacher (eds.). Policy pathways to health in the Russian Federation. Interim Report 04-021/May at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. Vienna, 2004 (pp.125–135).

Reitan T. On the verge of EU membership: Alcohol cultures in the Baltic Sea Region in a European perspective. Contemporary Drug Problems 2004; 31: 287–327.

Sparén P, Vågerö D, Shestov DB, Plavinskaja S, Parfenova N, Hoptiar V, Paturot D, Galanti MR. Long term mortality after severe starvation during the siege of Leningrad: Prospective cohort study. British Medical Journal 2004; 328: 11–20.

Vågerö D, Shestov DB, Galanti MR, Sparén P. Long term mortality after starvation during the Leningrad siege: Authors' reply. British Medical Journal 2004; 328: 346–347.

2003

Leinsalu M, Vågerö D, Kunst AE. Estonia 1989–2000: Enormous increase in mortality differences by education. International Journal of Epidemiology 2003; 32: 1081–1087.

Mäkinen IH, Wasserman D. Suicide Mortality among Immigrant Finnish Swedes. Archives of Suicide Research 2003; 7: 93–106.

Mäkinen IH. Kak byl napisan ocherk Sorokina o samoubiistve. [How Sorokin's essay on suicide was written]. Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniya 2003; 11: 123-131. In Russian.

Mäkinen IH, Wasserman D. Nekotorye sotsialnye aspekty suitsida [Some Social Aspects of Suicide]. In: D. Wasserman (ed.). Suitsid - Naprasnaya Smert [Suicide – an Unnecessary Death]. Tartu: Dunitz & Co, 2003 (pp.109–117). In Russian.

Reitan T. Democracy in a bottle: Attitudes towards alcohol regulation in the post-communist Baltic Sea Region. Journal of Baltic Studies 2003; 34: 131–158.

Reitan T. Too sick to vote? Public health and voter turnout in Russia during the 1990s. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 2003; 36: 49–68.

Vågerö D, Kislitsyna O. Svyaz mezhdu samootsenkoi serdechno-sosudistykh zabolevanii i bednostyu v Rossii [The association between poverty and self-assessed cardiovascular disease in Russia]. Narodonaselenie [Population] 2003; 3. In Russian.

2002

Kunst AE, Leinsalu M, Kasmel A, Habicht J. Social inequalities in health in Estonia. Main report. Tallinn: The Ministry of Social Affairs, 2002.

Kunst AE, Leinsalu M, Habicht J, Kasmel A, Niglas K. Social inequalities in health in Estonia. Technical document. Tallinn: The Ministry of Social Affairs, 2002.

Leinsalu M. Social variation in self-rated health in Estonia: A cross-sectional study. Social Science & Medicine 2002; 55: 847–61.

Mäkinen IH. Suicidalitet bland invandrare. In: Ekblad S, Wasserman D (eds.), Tidig upptäckt och preventiv behandling av asylsökande i riskzonen för självmord. Stressforskningsrapporter No. 304-2002, Institute for Psycho-Social Medicine, Stockholm 2002 (pp.13-16).

Mäkinen IH. Suicide in the new millennium – Some sociological speculations. Crisis 2002; 23: 91–92.

Mäkinen IH, Beskow J, Jansson A, Odén B. Historical perspectives on suicide and suicide prevention in Sweden. Archives of Suicide Research 2002; 6: 269-284.

Vågerö D (ed.). The unknown Sorokin. His life in Russia and the essay on suicide. Södertörn Academic Studies No 8, 2002.

2001

Reitan T. The operation failed, but the patient survived. Varying assessments of the Soviet Union's last anti-alcohol campaign. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 2001; 34: 241–260.

2000

Mäkinen, IH. Några tankar om kultur och självmord samt den humanistiska suicidpreventionens sociologiska grundvalar. In: Beskow, J. & Jarrick, A. (eds.), Humanistisk suicidprevention. FRN-rapport 2000:3. Stockholm: Institutet för psykosocial medicin & Forskningsrådsnämnden, 2000 (pp.139-150).

Mäkinen IH. Eastern European transition and suicide mortality. Social Science & Medicine 2000; 51: 1405–1420.

In Swedish as:
Mäkinen IH. Självmordsdödligheten i den östeuropeiska omvandlingen. Sociologisk Forskning 1/2000, 37: 180-209.

Mäkinen IH. Pitirim Sorokins "Självmordet som samhällsfenomen" – en introduktion. Sociologisk Forskning3-4/2000, 37: 46-67.

Reitan T. Does alcohol matter? Public health in Russia and the Baltic countries before, during, and after the transition. Contemporary Drug Problems 2000; 27: 511–560.

Research projects

Södertörn University’s project database continually publishes information about ongoing research projects.

Public health in a historical perspective

When initiating analysis of the public-health situation in the former Soviet republics back in the 1990s, one of the special interests of SCOHOST researchers was to find out to what extent the current situation could have been caused by the circumstances of the Soviet era.

Out of these humble beginnings a greater interest for the historical dimension of public health questions developed, and many kinds of scientific works have now been produced using this perspective. Types of studies include:

  • Assessments of the impact of historic circumstances on individuals' current state of health, especially in the Leningrad Siege studies, which show that long-term starvation has far-reaching implications for health decades later (see Sparén et al. 2004, Vågerö et al. 2013)
  • Studies on the historic prevalence of specific causes of death (see Stickley et al. 2007, Stickley et al. 2009, Stickley et al. 2011, Jukkala 2013)
  • Studies on relationships between phenomena over time (see Stickley & Carlson 2005, Stickley & Pridemore 2007, Norström & Stickley 2013)
  • Studies on historical changes in the geographical dispersion of homicide (Stickley & Mäkinen 2005), suicide (Mäkinen 2006), and alcohol consumption (Mäkinen & Reitan 2006)

Overall, the studies show that history plays a vital role in public health, both as a precedent that influences the current situation through path dependency and narrowing the range of current alternatives, and as a "natural experiment" that allows us to compare a current situation with another one in a different time, even following the path that it has taken to reach the current situation, an advantage that time-bound studies have over cross-sectional ones.

Social relations and health

In recent years there has been a growing interest in social relations and social capital in the field of health research. Social capital is generally thought to have a positive impact on health.

For an overview of the concept of social capital and its different forms in relation to health, see Ferlander (2007).

However, there have been relatively few studies on social capital and health in Eastern Europe. To address this gap, within this research theme the relationship between social capital and health is studied in Russia and Ukraine.

  • More specifically, the aim is to investigate:
  • The relationship between different forms of social capital and health.
  • Gender differences in the relationship between social capital and health.
  • Mechanisms between social capital, gender and health.

Both physical and mental health is examined with data from three surveys: the Moscow Health Survey 2004, Stakhanov Health Survey 2009 and Yaroslavl Health Survey 2010-2011.

SCOHOST has already conducted several studies on social relations and social capital in Moscow. Among other things, the results have highlighted how institutional trust is very low among Moscovites (Ferlander & Carlson 2005; Stickley et al 2009). Studies have also shown that different forms of social capital influence binge drinking (Jukkala et al 2008), psychological health (Kislitsyna & Ferlander 2008), self-rated health (Ferlander & Mäkinen 2009) and victimisation (Stickley & Pridemore 2010) in Moscow. All studies show significant gender differences in the relationships.

Urban environment and health

Central and Eastern European (CEE) societies are largely urbanised. The nature of the region's demographics and public health is therefore intimately connected with the physical, environmental and social characteristics of the urban setting.

Therefore, this research theme explores the population and health geography of CEE cities within the context of post-communist transformation by studying a number of topics that are crucial to the understanding of population decline in the region, including:

  • Health and the living environment (including housing);
  • The origins and causes of urban population shrinkage;
  • The roots, patterns and processes of ethnic and socio-economic residential segregation;
  • Housing quality and housing inequalities;
  • Social processes and urban social infrastructure.

The research theme's methodological direction is primarily based on quantitative approaches. The main data sources are the Stakhanov and Yaroslavl Health Interview Surveys (SHIS2009 and YHIS2011), as well as some other survey data. Moreover, historical studies aimed at extrapolating the role of socialist-era legacies in the current social and spatial residential structures of the post-communist city make extensive use of archive sources.

Psychological aspects of health

One topic of special interest for SCOHOST is the investigation of Eastern and Central Eastern European suicide mortality, especially its changes during the transition period (see Mäkinen 2000), but also a more general treatment of the topic of suicide from a social point of view (see Mäkinen & Wasserman 2003; Mäkinen 2009).

The specific themes also include the history of suicide research in Russia (see Vågerö (ed.) 2002), historical changes in Russian suicide mortality (Stickley et al. 2011), Eastern European attitudes towards suicide (Mäkinen 2007, Jukkala & Mäkinen 2011), social geography of suicide (Mäkinen 2006), as well as other questions of general suicide epidemiology (Mäkinen & Stickley 2006; Razvodovsky & Stickley 2009).

Research partners in this area of research include several suicide researchers from both Eastern and Western Europe. In 2010, SCOHOST organised an expert symposium in Tallinn on the topic of Eastern European suicide research, together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna and the Estonian-Swedish Suicidology Institute (ERSI) in Tallinn.

Another topic in the field of mental health is depression (Aluoja et al. 2004), on several works are currently in progress.

Surveys and Data

The Changing Life Course Regimes (CLiCR)

The Changing Life Course Regimes (CLiCR) data is a set of variables harmonized by SCOHOST in co-operation with Sunnee Billingsley (Stockholm University) and is constructed with publicly available data sources covering 19 post-socialist contexts: Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Family and Fertility Surveys (FFS), Generations and Gender Surveys (GGS) and the Life in Transition Survey (LiTS). Life course histories, particularly related to fertility and partnerships, were constructed for cohorts that came of age in the decades before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet Union. In total, CLiCR harmonizes information from 38 data sources (two per country). The total number of men and women included in CLiCR is 152,843. The earliest survey administered was the Polish FFS in 1991, which includes 18+ age range and the latest survey administered was the Albanian DHS in 2008/9, which covered the 15-49 age range. This is the first resource that harmonizes large publically available histories and these data provide new research opportunities on post-socialist countries. The scope of contexts covered in the CLiCR data, including countries as diverse as the new EU member states and Central Asian Republics, make fuller use of the heterogeneity in life course patterns across the socialist and post-socialist region.

Researchers interested in using CLiCR must first gain access to DHS, FFS and GGS data independently.

Contact Sunnee Billingsley for more information on CLiCR data and how to access it.

Moscow Health Survey 2004

The Moscow Health Survey 2004 was designed to examine health among Muscovites in relation to behavioural, economical and social factors. The survey is the result of a collaborative project between SCOHOST and the Institute of Social and Economic Studies of Population (ISESP) at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

During the spring of 2004, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 1200 Muscovites using a structured questionnaire. The survey contained approximately 100 questions divided into five areas: demographic and socio-economic positions, living standard, health, life style and social capital.

A sex and age-stratified random sampling technique was used across the 125 municipal districts of Greater Moscow. The response rate was 47 percent and the final sample consisted of 1190 people aged 18 and above, whose demographic and socio-economic characteristics were broadly representative of Greater Moscow.

The Moscow Health Survey has led to a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals on various topics, such as survey methodology, self-rated health, binge drinking, smoking, violent victimisation, attitudes toward intimate partner violence against women, acceptance of suicide and institutional trust, looking at determinants such as gender, education, economic situation and various forms of social capital.

Stakhanov Health Survey 2009

The Stakhanov Health Interview Survey 2009 (SHIS 2009) was completed in June 2009. With a sample of 3,000 respondents, it is one of the largest health and population surveys on individual cities in Central and Eastern Europe. The topics covered range from general physical and mental health indicators, to issues relating to population fertility and mortality, housing, trust in societal institutions, and migration.

Stakhanov is a small city (approx. population 80,000) in the East Ukraine Donbass coal-mining region. With the demise of the Soviet-style command economy, its industrial base has become obsolete, leaving a large share of the city's labour force redundant. The 2008-2009 global economic crisis further accentuated the gravity of the crisis associated with the city's post-Soviet economic restructuring process. As a result, our survey may be said to reflect developments that take place during times of extreme economic turmoil.