Children and youth

When DNA tests show that dad is not the father

8 September 2023

"As the law currently stands, there is no limit to how long one of the biological or social parents can withhold information about biological parenthood," a law professor warns.

Female soldiers experienced more gender equality during wartime than in peace

22 November 2021
“My studies from Colombia and Nepal show that many minors enlisted voluntarily and that their quality of life even improved as guerrilla soldiers,” says Wenche Iren Hauge.

Harry Potter fans explore gender and sexuality online

24 June 2021
The Harry Potter books are pervaded with queer and transsexual symbols, says Jennifer Duggan. She has written a PhD thesis about the internet culture surrounding to the book series.

Religious minority youth between patriarchy and gender equality

3 October 2019
Gender roles is a delicate topic for religious minority groups. Many of them accept traditional gender segregation in the religious community, but struggle with prejudices from the greater society, according to researcher.

School, worries and body-image pressure make more girls mentally ill

13 March 2018
More and more young girls seek help for mental problems. “Generally, girls take things more seriously than boys. This applies to school, friends and family,” says researcher Anders Bakken.

Twice as many boys as girls start school late

20 February 2018
More boys than girls begin school a year late and more girls than boys begin a year early. But researchers are not certain whether maturity is the explanation.

Girls beaten by their boyfriend avoid the word ‘violence’

19 April 2017
Young women who have experienced violence may be difficult to detect. In online reader’s queries, they try to put what is going on in their relationship into words.

Underachieving boys, or clever girls?

9 March 2017
Boys and girls perform differently at school, but researchers are uncertain whether this has to do with how they mature.

Children have the right to their own gender identity

7 February 2017
In Norway, children under the age of sixteen can now change their legal gender. Anniken Sørlie investigates how the legislation affects the way children and youth perceive their own identity.

Boys more exposed to relational bullying

27 September 2016
When researchers examined bullying in twenty schools, they were told that the main problem was drama created by the girls. Their findings told a very different story, however.

Clear link between sexting and intimate partner violence

3 August 2016
Teenagers who send digital messages with sexual contents are far more exposed to violence in love relationships than others.

Boys more affected by gay insults

29 June 2016
When words like ‘gay’, ‘fag’, and ‘lesbo’ are used as insults it is mostly among friends. But that does not make them harmless, according to the Norwegian researcher Hilde Slåtten.

Why are we so obsessed with good girls?

10 March 2016
Girls who perform well, have high ambitions, and eventually get psychological problems are often characterised as too good. However, the good girl syndrome is neither a clinical diagnosis nor an established academic term. What is it with the good girls?

Teaching preschool workers to analyse gender norms in children’s books

19 November 2015
Reform, the Norwegian resource centre for men, has launched a new website – – to help preschool workers analyse gender in children’s literature. Do the books promote gender equality? Or do they reinforce destructive gender stereotypes?

Not feminized, but modernized

4 November 2009
In the public debate Norwegian schools are criticized for being feminized. But according to Professor Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen, it is not the schools that are poorly suited to boys – it is the girls who are better suited to the demands of modern working life.

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