Lars Bergman

Lars Bergman is professor in longitudinal research methodology at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University. He is head of the Stockholm Laboratory for Developmental Science and directs the longitudinal research program Individual Development and Adaptation (IDA). He is a member of the scientific boards of Statistics Sweden, the Swedish Council for Crime Prevention, and the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and a member of the International Collaborative for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA), organized by the University of Michigan. His research interests concern the adaptation process in a life-span perspective, especially positive adaptation and subjective well-being as well as research methodology, especially the development of a person-oriented approach. He has published 6 books and over 100 scholarly articles, chapters and reports. He has received research grants from the Swedish Scientific Council, the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.


As a mentor within PATHWAYS

My role as a mentor has mainly been guiding and working with Håkan Andersson as well as providing Martin Obschonka with our IDA data and discussing the planning of the paper based on these data. As of October 2013, I will have less of an involvment in mentoring having recently retired.


Summary of recent work

The PATHWAYS work in Stockholm has focused on the long-term development of children with high IQ. It is included as a part within a research project led by myself and financed by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. Håkan Andersson, the Stockholm PATHWAYS Fellow, has been working on a paper on the importance of a high competence profile for career development. A special issue has been accepted for publication in Research in Human Development and one article within the issue will be the paper Håkan is working on. Another PATHWAYS Fellow, Martin Obschonka, is using our IDA data base for studying entrepreneurship. Håkan Andersson is also working on a series of other publications that concern developmental issues related to PATHWAYS.



Erentaite, R., Bergman, L.R., Zukauskiene, R. (2012) Cross-contextual stability of bullying victimization: A person-oriented analysis of cyber and traditional bullying experiences among adolescents. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology (early view)

Andersson, H. & Bergman, L. R. (2011). The role of task persistence in young adolescence for successful educational and occupational attainment in middle adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 47(4), 950-960. doi: 10.1037/a0023786

Bergman, L. R. & Nurmi, J-E. (2010). Studying Patterns of Individual Development by I-States as Objects Analysis (ISOA). ISSBD Bulletin No. 1, Serial No. 57, 7-10.

Stattin, H., Kerr, M., & Bergman, L. R. (2010). On the utility of Moffit´s typology trajectories in long-term perspective. European Journal of Criminology, 7(6), 521-545.

Bergman, L. R. And Andersson, H. (2010). The person and the variable in developmental psychology. Journal of Psychology, 218 (3), 155-165

Modig-Wennerstad, K., Silventoinen, K., Bergman, L. R., & Rasmussen, F. (2010). Association between intelligence and type-specific stroke: a population-based cohort study of early fatal and non-fatal stroke in one million Swedish men. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64 (10), 908-912

Bergman, L. R., Andershed, H. & Andershed, A-K (2009). Types and continua in developmental psychopathology: Problem behaviors in school and their relationship to later antisocial behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 975-992

Bergman, L. R. (2009). Mediation and causality at the individual level. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 43(3), 248-252.

Bergman, L. R., & Andershed, A. K. (2009). Predictors and outcomes of persistent or age-limited registered criminal behavior: A 30-year longitudinal study of a Swedish urban population. Aggressive Behavior, 35(2), 164-178.

Bergman, L. R., Andershed, H., & Andershed, A. K. (2009). Types and continua in developmental psychopathology: Problem behaviors in school and their relationship to later antisocial behavior. Development and Psychopathology, 21(3), 975-992.

Bergman, L. R., & Daukantaite, D. (2009). Stability of typical patterns of subjective well-being in middle-aged Swedish women. Journal of Happiness Studies, 10(3), 293-311

von Eye, A., & Bergman, L. R. (2009). Person-orientation in person-situation research. Journal of Research in Personality, 43(2), 276-277.

Wennerstad, K. M., Silventoinen, K., Tynelius, P., Bergman, L., Kaprio, J., & Rasmussen, F (2010). Associations between IQ and cigarette smoking among Swedish male twins. Social Science & Medicine, 70(4), 575-581.

Wulff, C., Bergman, L. R., & Sverke, M. (2009). General mental ability and satisfaction with school and work: A longitudinal study from ages 13 to 48. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30(4), 398-408