Oddrun Samdal


Professor, Professor of health promotion/health psychology


Research groups

  • School as students' work environment
  • Health promotion in school
  • Evaluation of health promotion interventions in school and leisure
  • Physical activity and life satisfaction in children and adolescents
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See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.

Publications 2019-24 (for complete list see Cristin)

Peer reviewed papers

  1. Potrebny, T., Nilsen, S.A., Bakken, A., von Soest, T., Kvaløy, K., Samdal, O., Sivertsen, B., Aase, H. & Bang, L. (2024). Secular trends in mental health problems among young people in Norway: a review and meta-analysis. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-024-02371-4
  2. Aguiar A, Önal F, Hendricks G, Blanchard, L., Romanenko, E.,  Fismen, A.-S., Nwosu, E.,   Herstad, S.,  Savona, N.,  Harbron, J.,  Knai, C., Samdal, O., Rutter, H., Lien, N., Jalali, M.S. & Kopainsky, B. (2023). Understanding the dynamics emerging from the interplay among poor mental wellbeing, energy balance-related behaviors, and obesity prevalence in adolescents: A simulation-based study. Obesity Reviews, 24(S2):e13628. doi:10.1111/obr.13628
  3. Samdal, O, Budin-Ljøsne I, Haug E, et al. Encouraging greater empowerment for adolescents in consent procedures in social science research and policy projects. Obesity Reviews. 2023;24(S2):e13636. 
  4. Hagen, K.; Solem, S.; Stavrum, A.-K. S.; Eid, J.; Kvale, G.; Samdal, O.; Hellard, S. & Francoise C. L. (2023). Changes in mental health symptoms from April (COVID-19 outbreak) to December 2020 in Norway: A two-wave study. Cogent Psychology, Volum 10.(1) s. -
  5. Appleton PR, Viladrich C, Quested E, González-García L, Papaioannou A, Hall HK, Balaguer I, Ramis Y, Sarrazin P, Heuzé J-P, Ommundsen Y, Wold B, Samdal O, & Duda JL (2023). Measurement invariance of the empowering and disempowering motivational climate questionnaire-coach in youth sport. Frontiers in Psychology. 13:958444.
  6. Klepp, K-I, Helleve, A, Brinsden, H, Bröer, C,  Budin-Ljøsne, I, Harbron, J,  Knai, C,  Lien, N, Luszczynska, A, Nesrallah, S,  Oldridge-Turner, K,  Rito, A,  Samdal, O,  Savona, N, Stensdal, MK, Allender, S, Hoelscher, DM & Rutter, H (2022). Overweight and obesity prevention for and with adolescents: The “Confronting obesity: Co-creating policy with youth” (CO-CREATE) project. Obesity Reviews. 2022;e13540. doi:10.1111/obr.13540
  7. Budin-Ljøsne, I, Ayuandini, S, Baillergeau, E, Bröer, C, Helleve, A, Klepp, KI, Kysnes, B, Lien, N,  Luszczynska, A,  Nesrallah, S, Rito, A, Rutter, H,  Samdal, O, Savona, N & Veltkamp, G (2022). Ethical considerations in engaging young people in European obesity prevention research: The CO-CREATE experience. Obesity Reviews. doi:10.1111/obr.13518
  8. Algroy E, Samdal O, Haug E. (2022). An Investigation of the Implementation of Obligatory Physical Activity Classes for 5th–7th Grade in Norway. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 19(21):14312. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192114312
  9. Fismen, A-S; Galler, M.; Klepp, K.I.; Chatelan, A; Residori, C.; Ojala, K.; Dzielska, A. Kelly, C.; Melkumova, M.; Musić M.S.; Nardone, P.; Štefanová, E.; Flodgren, G. M.; Bakke, T. W.; Ercan, O.; Samdal, O.; Helleve, A..(2022). Weight Status and Mental Well-Being Among Adolescents: The Mediating Role of Self-Perceived Body Weight. A Cross-National Survey. Journal of Adolescent Health 2022 s. 1-9.
  10. Fismen, A-S.; Smith, O. R. F.; Helleve, A.; Haug, E. M. M.; Chatelan, A.; Kelly, C.; Dzielska, A.; Nardone, P.; Melkumova, M.; Ercan, O.; Kopcakova, J.; Lazzeri, G.; Klepp, K. I.; Samdal, O. (2022). Cross-national variation in the association between family structure and overweight and obesity: Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged children (HBSC) study. SSM - Population Health 2022 ;Volum 19. s.
  11. Hamre, R.; Smith, R.; Samdal, O.; Haug, E. M. M. (2022). Gaming Behaviors and the Association with Sleep Duration, Social Jetlag, and Difficulties Falling Asleep among Norwegian Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH); Volum 19.(3) s. 1-14
  12. Hagen, K.; Solem, S.; Stavrum, A.-K. S.; Eid, J.; Kvale, G.; Samdal, O.; Hellard, S. F. C. L. (2021).
    Mental health symptoms during the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak in Norway: A cross-sectional survey study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, s. 1-8
  13. Diseth, Å, Mathisen, F. & Samdal, O. (2020): A comparison of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation among lower and upper secondary school students. Educational Psychology, 40(8, 961-980
  14. Fismen, AS; Smith, O. R. F.; Samdal, O.; Helleve, A.; Haug, E. (2020): Associations between family structure and adolescents' food habits. Public Health Nutrition, 1-8
  15. Inchley, J., Stevens, G.W.J.M., Samdal, O., & Currie, D. (2020): Enhancing understanding of adolescent health and well-being: Health Behavior in School-aged Children Study. Commentary. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66 (6), S3-S25, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.03.014
  16. Ng, K., Sudeck, G., Marques, A., Barraccino, A., Boberova, Z., Vasickova, J., Tesler, R., Lyrra, N., Kokko, S. & Samdal, O. (2020). Associations between physical activity and perceived school performance of young adolescents in HBSC countries. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 17 (7), 698-708, https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0522.
  17. Löfstedt, P., Garcia-Moya, I., Currie, C., Lyyra, N., Rasmussen, M., Samdal, O., Paniagua Infantes, C. & Välimaa, R. (2020). School satisfaction and school pressure in the WHO European region and North America: An analysis of time trends (2002 to 2018) and patterns of co-occurrence in 32 countries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66 (6), S59-S69, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.03.007
  18. Hernandéz-Mendo, A.; Reigal, R.E.; López-Walle, J.M.; Serpa, S.; Samdal, O.; Morales-Sánchez, V.; Lopez de Mier, R.J.; Tristán Rodríguez, J.L.; Rosado, A.F.; Falco, C. (2019). Physical activity, sports practice and cognitive functioning: The current research status. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:2658. s. 1-7.
  19. Hovdenak, I.M., Stea, T.H., Magnus, P., Krokstad, S., Samdal, O. & Bere, E. (2019). How to evaluate the effect of seven years of the Norwegian School Fruit Scheme (2007–2014) on fruit, vegetable and snack consumption and weight status: A natural experiment. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 19/09/2019, DOI: 10.1177/1403494819875923.
  20. Langøy, A.; Smith, O.R.F.; Wold, B.; Samdal, O. & Haug, E. (2019). Associations between family structure and young people's physical activity and screen time behaviors. BMC Public Health; 19(433) s. –

Book chapters

  1. Samdal, O., Larsen, T.B. & Tjomsland, H.E. (2023): School health promotion. In: Quah, S.R. International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-99967-0.00157-5.
  2. Samdal, O. & Tjomsland, H.E. (2023). Helskoletilnærming til folkehelse og livsmestring. I: Klepp,K-I, Skogen, J & Aarø, L.E. Ungdom, livsstil og helsefremmende arbeid. Folkehelsearbeid for og med ungdom, kap 16, ss 316-333. Oslo: Gyldendal, 5. utg.
  3. Wold, B. & Samdal, O. (2020). Socioeconomic Inequalities in Adolescent Health. In: Public Health. Oxford. 10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0198.


  1. Haug, E, Robson-Wold, C., Helland, T., Jåstad, A. Torsheim, T., Fismen, A.S, Wold, B. & Samdal, O. (2020). Barn og unges helse og trivsel: Forekomst og sosial ulikhet i Norge og Norden
  2. Inchley,J. Currie, D. Budisavljevic, S.,Torsheim, T., Jåstad, A., Cosma, A. Kelly,C.,  Arnarsson, AM & Samdal, O. (2020). Spotlight on adolescent health and well-being. Findings from the 2017/2018 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey in Europe and Canada. International report. Volume 2. Key data
  • Leder (sammen med Bente Wold for forskningsgruppen SIPA, som studerer sammenhengen mellom sosiale prosesser og ungdoms helse og livsstil 
  • Forskningsleder for den norske delen av studien "Health Behaviour in School-aged Children. A WHO Cross-national Study"
  • Databankansvarlig for den internasjonale studien "Health Behaviour in School-aged Children. A WHO Cross-national Study". www.hbsc.org
  • Forskningsleder og internasjonal dataansvarlig for den norske delen av den EU-finansierte (FP7) intervensjonsstudien PAPA (Promoting adolescent health through an intervention aimed at improving the quality of their participation in Physical Activity). www.projectpapa.org
  • Arbeidspakkeleder i det EU-finansierte (FP7) prosjektet SPOTLIGHT (Sustainable prevention of obesity through integrated strategies) som har til hensikt å identifisere korrelater og effektive intervensjoner for å forebygge overvekt i voksenpopulasjonen i EU. www.spotlightproject.eu