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Family Study

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The most comprehensive part of UngKul is the family study in Bergen and Oslo. Approximately 4,000 children with different national (ethnic) backgrounds and one of their parents are invited to attend. Children are followed from 10, 11 and 12 years of age until they have completed secondary education.

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The most comprehensive part of UngKul is the family study in Bergen and Oslo. Approximately 4,000 children with different national (ethnic) backgrounds and one of their parents are invited to attend. Children are followed from 10, 11 and 12 years of age until they have completed secondary education.


How do children and adolescents with different cultural backgrounds cope with everyday life? How are the children and their mothers? The UngKul family study aims to gather more knowledge about why some children and adolescents cope with problems and challenges, while others are sad, anxious, angry or restless, or feel lonely when problems begin to pile up. The UngKul family study involves following the children and one of their parents, primarily mothers, from when the children begin in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade and until they finish secondary education.

Bergen and Oslo

The UngKul family study began in Bergen in 2005 as a collaboration between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Bergen Child Study and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. The UngKul family study in Oslo began in January 2007 in collaboration with the Department of Education in the City of Oslo. Local immigrant organisations are also supporting the project. According to the plan, 3,500 families will participate from Oslo and approximately 500 families from Bergen. All participants in the family study are asked to complete a questionnaire, and some will also be interviewed. The interview takes approximately one and a half hours and occurs at the children's schools.

School Health Profile

As thanks for their help, every year the schools will receive a school health profile, which describes aspects of the learning environment that affect students' coping skills and well-being, such as the interaction in class, support from teachers, and problems with schoolwork.

It is the first time a study of this type has been carried out over several years that includes both children and parents and is focused on cultural variations.

Overview of brochures for UngKul

Brochures about UngKul are available in eight languages (Norwegian, English, Arabic, Hindi, Kurdish, Tamil, Turkish and Somali) and are available in pdf format.