Forte’s research briefs are a series of publications which in short describes the level of knowledge in a certain social field. Each publication is authored by a group of researchers and representatives of society and reviewed.

  • Research brief: Fitness doping and gym culture

    Research brief #13: Fitness doping and gym culture

    The use of doping is today considered a growing public health issue. This report summarises the research currently available in the social sciences on doping in gym and fitness culture.

    Published: 2019

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  • Research brief: Cannabis – harmless recreation or harmful drug?

    Research brief #12: Cannabis – harmless recreation or harmful drug?

    Cannabis and its effects on health and society are a much debated topic both in Sweden and internationally. The debate is often defined by polarised rhetoric. This report examines what current research says about cannabis and health, cannabis and social problems, and cannabis for medicinal use.

    Published: 2019

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  • Research brief: Infant development and need of a secure base

    Research brief #11: Infant development and need of a secure base

    This Research brief outlines the existing knowledge of early infant development regarding thought processes and the relationship with caregivers.  It also provides examples of what this knowledge can mean for parents, professionals and the social institutions that support families with infants, and also presents identified knowledge gaps.

    Published: 2019

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  • Research brief: Intellectual disability and work

    Research brief #10: Intellectual disability and work

    Most young adults with intellectual disabilities are outside the labour market. But many of them want and are able to work. This Research Brief offers a concise overview of the knowledge base in the field intellectual disability and work, and brings to light important knowledge gaps for future research.

    Published: 2017

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  • Research brief: Segregation - What it is and how it can be measured

    Research brief #9: Segregation - What it is and how it can be measured

    Since the early 1990s segregation levels have increased in many Swedish regions. Low-income earners and people born outside Europe are increasingly overrepresented in urban distressed neighbourhoods. Although extensive research is available, many questions remain.

    Published: 2017

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  • Research brief: Anxiety and depression in older adults

    Research brief #8: Anxiety and depression in older adults

    In Sweden, around 150 000 people over the age of 65 suffer from depression. The prevalence of anxiety in the same age group is usually reported as between 6 and 12 per cent. Despite this, the older population is often a neglected group in both psychiatry research and the care system.

    Published: 2017

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  • Research brief: Men's violence against women in intimate relationships

    Research brief #7: Men's violence against women in intimate relationships

    Men’s violence against women in intimate relationships is a serious social problem. The full extent of the problem is difficult to estimate, but for the abused woman and her children the consequences are severe. This Research Brief gives a brief description of the current state of knowledge within the area.

    Published: 2016

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  • Research brief: User participation

    Research brief #5: User participation

    In recent years, user participation has been paid increasing attention as an important part of research. The Research Brief “User participation” describes in short the level of knowledge within this field.

    Published: 2015

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  • Research brief: Ageing and memory

    Research brief #3: Ageing and memory

    Cognitive abilities such as memory and language deteriorate with age. The Research Brief “Ageing and Memory” describes in short the level of knowledge within this field.

    Published: 2014

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