Florencia Sortheix

Florencia is a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Social Research (Social Psychology), University of Helsinki and at the Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In her doctoral dissertation, which I completed at the University of Helsinki in April 2014, she analysed the role of context on the relationships between personal values and well-being. Results showed that these associations are influenced by country-level characteristics, by the social groups to which individuals belong, as well as by organizational and developmental situations.

Florencia has been involved in the Finnish Educational Transitions (FinEdu) Study lead by Prof. Katariina Salmela-Aro since 2010. Her current research focuses on the relationships between work values, career choices and work engagement among young adults. Of particular interest is the development of motivation during early work experiences. She is also interested in cross-national comparisons examining the role of context on individual-level variables. As a psychotherapist by training, Florencia is interested in how academic knowledge can be transmitted into practices that influence the lives of young people. Towards this aim, she has started collaborating with Nyyti, a Finnish association that works to promote the mental health of youth.

She is currently collaborating with a proposal for Horizon 2020 call “youth as drivers of social change” together with Prof. Salmela-Aro, and partners from UK, Italy, Poland, Germany and Turkey. Florencia was awarded the Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth foundation’s grant and The Finnish Work Environment Fund postdoctoral grant to continue her research.

Sortheix, F. M. & Lönnqvist, J.-E. (2015). Person-group value congruence and subjective well-being in students from Argentina, Bulgaria and Finland. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 25, 34-48.

Sortheix, F. M. & Lönnqvist, J.-E. (2014). Personal value priorities and life satisfaction: The role of socio-economic development across Europe. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45 (2), 282–299.

Sortheix, F. M., Olakivi, A., & Helkama, K. (2013) Values, Life Events and Health: A study in a rural Finnish community. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 23, 331–346.

Sortheix, F., Dietrich, J., Chow, A. & Salmela-Aro, K. (2013). The role of career values for work engagement during the transition to working life. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83 (3), 466-475. 
Sortheix, F. M., & Lechner, C. (in preparation) How do life transitions influence work values in young adulthood?

Lechner, C., Pavlova, M., Sortheix, F.M., & Salmela-Aro, K. (in preparation) Work Values Mediate the Effect of Family Socio-Economic Status on Young Adults´ Civic Engagement: A 10-year Longitudinal

Sortheix, F. M., Chow, A., & Salmela-Aro, K. (submitted) Work Values and the Transition to Work Life: A Longitudinal Study, Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Masuda, A., & Sortheix, F. M. (submitted) Cultural values, work values, and job satisfaction across 27 European countries, Career Development International.

Book Chapters
Helkama, K., & Sortheix, F.M. (2015). Cultural differences in moral development. In: J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopaedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd Ed), 15, 781-787.

Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation (2015)
The Finnish Work Environment Fund (2016)




Doctoral Dissertation Available online: