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Anna Malmquist

Associate Professor, Docent

Families beyond heteronormativity

In family research, families are generally understood as changeable. Families develop as we live our daily life together as family members. However, the Family - with capital F - can also be understood as normative ideal, to which actual families relate. Norms concerning gender, heterosexuality, parenting and childhood are particularly central in forming our understanding of the Family. Gender theory, queer theory and childhood studies are central perspectives in family research - and not the least for my research on lesbian and gay families.

I am associate professor in social psychology, engaged in family research. I earned my PhD in 2015 and have subsequently been involved in several different research projects. My main research areas are lesbian and gay parenting, and fear of childbirth in gender and sexual minority people. I am also involved in research on minority stress, traumatic birth experiences, children’s emotion socialization, climate adaptation effects on vulnerable groups, internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, and covid-19 lockdown effects on LGBTQ youths.

I mainly teach at the Psychologist programme and other courses in psychology and behavioural sciences. My teaching areas are mostly related to my research interests: gender psychology, lgbtq psychology and qualitative methods. I give lectures, lead seminars, assess exams and other student tasks and develop new courses and tasks.




Hanna Grundström, Anna Malmquist, Katri Nieminen (2024) Factors related to a positive childbirth experience - a cross-sectional study Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology Continue to DOI
Veronica Della Casa, Anna Malmquist, Selene Mezzalira, Marina Miscioscia (2024) The Role of Family Support for the Well-Being of Italian LGBTQ plus Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study LGBTQ FAMILY-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL Continue to DOI
Veronica Della Casa, Alessio Gubello, Anna Malmquist, Selene Mezzalira, Marina Bonato, Alessandra Simonelli, Michela Gatta, Marina Miscioscia (2024) Minority Stress, Self-Awareness, and Coping Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Italian Transgender Young Adults Healthcare, Vol. 12, Article 132 Continue to DOI


Anna Malmquist, Marina Miscioscia, Daniela Leal, Fiona Tasker, Cecilia Bredenberg, Alessio Gubello, Jorge Gato, Marie Houghton, Matilda Wurm (2023) "Under House Arrest": Mental Health and Minority Stress Experiences of LGBTQ plus Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Europe Sexuality Research & Social Policy Continue to DOI
Sofia Klittmark, Anna Malmquist, Gabriella Karlsson, Aniara Ulfsdotter, Hanna Grundström, Katri Nieminen (2023) When complications arise during birth: LBTQ people?s experiences of care Midwifery, Vol. 121, Article 103649 Continue to DOI