In the Young in Norway study we have observed the lives of youth and young adults, focusing on a variety of aspects. We have studied conditions growing up, friends and family, identity, recreational activities, mental health and education to mention a few.

Below are listed the topics which you can read more about here on this webpage.


Adolescence and early adulthood can be demanding. The ties to one’s parents loosens, and at the same time we must handle changing relations towards friends. Many form romantic partnerships, but not everyone. For some this time leads to an increased feeling of loneliness. Studies show that many students of higher education experience loneliness and isolation. How many have dealt with these feelings and how do they develop over time?

Read more about the loneliness topic here

Use of Cannabis

Norwegian drug policy has seen radical change in the recent years. The so-called Rusreformkomiteen (Intoxication Reform Committee) recently suggested decriminalizing the use of all drugs. Among the illegal substances, we see cannabis as unique, with by far the highest number of users. How do habits of use change from adolescence to young adulthood?

Read more about the use of cannabis topic here

Christianity, sex and relationships

Christian faith have historically played a major part in how young people choose to live out their sexuality. How about those identifying as Christian in our study?

Read more about the Christianity, sex and relationships topic here

Gender differences in mental illness

For a long time we have known that about twice the number of adult women, for every adult man, suffer from depression. When Young in Norway started, we knew little about why and when these gender differences occurred. Young in Norway was one of the first studies to gather information about this.

Read more about the gender differences in mental illness topic here

Sports, alcohol and smoking

During adolescence is when most have their first experiences with intoxication. Over time we have gathered substantial data concerning habits of use and its development over time. One of the topics we wanted to shed light on was whether participation in sports played a part in the use of substances such as alcohol and tobacco.

Read more about the sports, alcohol and tobacco topic here

Self-esteem, appearance and friendships

Adolescence is a part of life that among other things includes figuring out who you are. Many may experience feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem during this time. In the Youth in Norway study we have looked at whether adolescents actually do have low self-esteem and whether or not it increases with age.

Read more about the self-esteem, appearance and friendships topic here

Social support during adolescence and early adulthood

One of the challenges one faces as an adolescent and young adult is achieving independence. We are accustomed to thinking that this signifies a change where parents become less important, while friendships become more important. Is this the truth in its entirety?

Read more about the social support topic here