Inga Tidefors

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology
Visiting address
Haraldsgatan 1
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 500
40530 Göteborg

About Inga Tidefors


Received a PhD in Psychology in 2002 and became an associated professor in 2010. Is currently employed both as a lecturer and as a researcher.

Is also an authorized psychologist and authorized psychotherapist and has worked as a clinical psychologist since early 1980 until 2001 in the correctional system with convicted sexual offenders. Today, supervisor for prosecutors at the Swedish Prosecution Authority in Gothenburg, concerning investigations when suspicion of child sexual abuse exists.


The main focus concerns sexology as well as qualitative research in psychology. Supervisor for PhD students.

Research interests

The main research area concerns psychological aspects of child sexual abuse; focusing on both adults and adolescents who have sexually offended as well as consequences for the victim.

Current research

Belongs to a research group in the Vårdal Foundation studying strategies to strengthening the patient’s possibility to influence their own treatment within psychiatric care. Is also a part of a research project “The one who beats, the one who is beaten and the child who watches” granted by The Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority. Is the head of the project ”Caring for victims of sexual abuse within Christian congregations – The role of gender” granted by the Swedish Research Council. Coordinates a research group in Clinical Psychology.

Selected publications

Tidefors, I., & Strand, J. Life history interviews with eleven boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who had sexually offended: A sad storyline. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation (in press).

Rudolfsson, L., & Tidefors, I. Sexual Abuse and the Christian Congregation: The Role of Gender in Pastoral Care for Victims. Pastoral Psychology.. First published on: 14 September 2011 (iFirst).

Strand, J., & Tidefors, I. “If you’re not safe anywhere, you turn it inside yourself”: Narratives about childhood experiences told by twelve individuals diagnosed with psychosis. Journal of Psychosis - Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. First published on: 26 June 2011 (iFirst).

Tidefors, I., & Olin, E. A need for ‘‘good eyes’’: Experiences told by patients diagnosed with psychosis. Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, First published on: 13 January 2011 (iFirst).

Tidefors, I. (2011). “State of Mind” regarding attachment in a group of 45 adolescents who have sexually offended. In: Lauren E. Hynes (ed) ©2011 Sexual Abuse: Types, Signs and Treatments (chapter 11). ISBN: 978-1-61209-611-7. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Tidefors I. (2010). ”Det känns som jag inte har haft nåt riktigt liv än”. Fyrtiofem tonårspojkar som har begått sexuella övergrepp. [”It feels like I haven’t had a real life yet”. Forty-five adolescents males who have sexually offended]. Stockholm: Statens institutionsstyrelse [The National Board of Institutional Care].

Tidefors, I. (2010). Anknytning och sexualitet [Attachment and Sexuallity]. In C. Löfgren Mårtensson & P-O Lundberg (red.), Sexologi. (pp. 81-85) Stockholm: Liber.