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Anna-Karin Larsson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work


Phone: +46 19 303814

Room: L2304

Anna-Karin Larsson
Research subject Research environments

About Anna-Karin Larsson

Anna-Karin Larsson is a historian and senior lecturer in social work.

Since 2015, she has been acting as deputy Head of School at the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work at Örebro University, as well as researcher and teacher in Social work.


Anna-Karin Larsson's research areas are in the history of medicine, gender and childhood history, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her dissertation The Girl in Medicine (2007) dealt with medical conceptions about children, adolescents, gender, health and morbidity around the turn of the century.

Recent research projects have focused on youth mental health from the 1970s to our days. In the research project Youth mental health in Swedish medical literature 1970-2017, the view on the mental health of children and young people is examined from a gender perspective. The study examines how mental illness and psychosocial problems have been explained, whether questions, problems and explanations have changed over time, and how girls and boys' ill-health is presented.  The project has been carried out within the framework of the interdisciplinary research program The three-cities study.

She is actively participating in the research group BUR and the research project Risksam.


Anna-Karin Larsson teaches courses in the theory of science and research methods and supervises bachelor's theses.

Collaborations and assignments

The research network FlickForsk! - Nordic Network for Girlhood Studies, which is based at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies (UCGS), was launched in 2008. Anna-Karin Larsson was one of the initiators and participated as one of five members of the steering committee for the network for the first ten years.

Anna-Karin Larsson is one of the trainers within the European organization EARMA's education program Certificate in Research Management with a focus on Gender and Diversity in Research Management.


Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, monographs |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Larsson, A. (2020). Ungas psykiska ohälsa i medicinsk media 1970-2017. Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 27 (1), 5-23.
Frih, A. (2013). Den "normala" flickan i hälsoundersökningar från 1800-tal till 2000-tal. Finsk tidskrift : kultur, ekonomi, politik (7-8), 43-53.

Articles, book reviews

Chapters in books

Frih, A. (2011). Flickor och kvinnor på kurort: sjukdomar och behandlingar vid Loka brunn och Porla brunn ca 1870-1920. In: Motzi Eklöf, Naturen, kuren & samhället: vård på sanatorier och kurorter ca 1870-2010 (pp. 144-169). Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag.
Frih, A. (2010). Flickor och fysisk aktivitet kring sekelskiftet 1900. In: Anna-Karin Frih, Eva Söderberg, En bok om flickor och flickforskning (pp. 61-84). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Larsson, A. (2003). Från korsett till kost: Nya hälsoideal för unga kvinnor i Sverige 1880-1930. In: Birgitta Meurling, Varför flickor? : Ideal, självbilder och ätstörningar (pp. 41-65). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Larsson, A. (2003). 'Sjuk nästan jemt...’: Klorotiska flickor och kvinnor vid Loka och Porla brunn ca 1880-1910. In: Yvonne Torstensson, Kvinnor i Örebro län (pp. 111-126). Örebro: Örebro läns museum.

Collections (editor)

Frih, A. (ed.) & Söderberg, E. (ed.) (2010). En bok om flickor och flickforskning (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.

Conference papers

Frih, A. (2014). Systematic review of research on language, identity and participation with special focus on young people and deaf studies. Paper presented at LanDpost - Languaging and Diversity in the age of post-colonial-medialization, Mysore, India 15-17 October 2014.
Frih, A. (2007). Water-cures for chlorotic girls: Swedish spas as health care providers in the late nineteenth century. In: Martin Dinges, Health and health care between self-help, intermediary organizations and formal poor relief (1500-2005) proceedings of the Conference of the PhoenixTN (European Thematic Network on Health and Social Welfare Policy), in Braga, Portugal, 2004. Paper presented at the Conference of the PhoenixTN (European Thematic Network on Health and Social Welfare Policy), in Braga, Portugal, 2004 (pp. 157-167). Évora: Ediçōes Colibri.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Frih, A. (2007). Flickan i medicinen: ungdom, kön och sjuklighet 1870-1930. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro universitetsbibliotek.


Gidlund, G. & Frih, A. (2008). Inflytande över stöd till riksdagsledamöternas och partigruppernas arbete i riksdagen. Stockholm: Riksdagens förvaltning (Utredningar från riksdagsförvaltningen 2007/08:URF 1).
Larsson, A. & Ohlander, A. (2003). Genus på museer: Slutrapport från arbetsgruppen Genus på museer. Stockholm: Fritzes offentliga publikationer (Ds 2003:61).