Disputas Sina Marion Wittlund


disputerer for ph.d.-graden i helsevitenskap og vil offentlig forsvare avhandlingen:

“Mental Health, Work, Welfare and Vocational Rehabilitation

A Comprehensive Study of Young Adults in the Norwegian Welfare State”

Avhandlingen er tilgjengelig her

The doctoral thesis

Disputasen vil bli strømmet her

Opptak av disputasen vil være tilgjengelig i et døgn.

The defense will be streamed here

A recording of the disputation will be available for 24 hours.

Prøveforelesning over oppgitt emne holdes kl. 10.15, samme sted:

“The implementation of vocational interventions for persons with mental health challenges: Future directions”

Prøveforelesningen bil også bli strømmet/the trail lecture will also be streamed

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag av avhandlingen:

Norway, known for its robust welfare system, faces a conundrum regarding its young adults: low unemployment but, at the same time, high and rising health-related welfare use, mainly due to mental health problems. My study examines this increasing trend among young Norwegian adults over three decades, using national register data, sequence analysis, and a difference-in-differences method. Findings show that, after a major welfare reform, there was a shift towards long-term reliance on health-related benefits among young adults who struggled with unemployment. However, there is a silver lining: the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) vocational rehabilitation approach successfully fosters employment, advocating for collaborative strategies to help these young adults. My findings are crucial to inform policymakers aiming to reduce health-related dependency.


Professor Arnstein Mykletun, Institutt for samfunnsmedisin, Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet


Professor Eoin Killackey, University of Melbourne

Professor Thomas Lorentzen, Universitetet i Bergen


Senior Lecturerer Jed Boardman, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College - 1. opponent

Førsteamanuensis II Wenche Ten Velden Hegelstad, Universitetet i Stavanger – 2. opponent

Professor Hans-Olav Melberg, Institutt for samfunnsmedisin, Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet - leder av komité

Disputasleder: Førsteamanuensis Erling Inge Kvig, Institutt for psykologi, Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet

When: 11.04.24 kl 10.15–16.15
Where: Nordlandssykehuset i Bodø
Location / Campus: Digitalt, Bodø
Target group: Ansatte, Studenter, Besøkende, Inviterte
Link: Klikk her
Contact: Andrea Jennerwein
Phone: 77 64 58 72
E-boastta: andrea.jennerwein@uit.no
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