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Kristina Holmqvist Gattario


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41314 Göteborg
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40530 Göteborg

About Kristina Holmqvist Gattario


Born 1981 in Ystad, Sweden. Ph.Lic. in Psychology 2008, the title of the thesis was “Body image across cultures and ethnic groups”.



Research interests

My main research interests are in the area of developmental psychology and concern the concepts of body image as well as bullying. Specifically, the focus of the research is on 1) the development of body image across adolescence, 2) cross-cultural differences in body image, 3) positive body image, and 4) bullying from the students’ own perspective.

Current research


Selected publications

Frisén, A. & Holmqvist, K (2010). What characterizes adolescents with a positive body image? A qualitative investigation of 14-year-old Swedish girls and boys. Body Image, 7, 205–212.

Holmqvist, K. & Frisén, A. (2010). Body Dissatisfaction Across Cultures: Findings and Research Problems. European Eating Disorders Review, 18, 133–146.

Frisén, A. & Holmqvist, K. (2010). Biological, sociocultural, and behavioral factors associated with body dissatisfaction in Swedish 16-year-old boys and girls. Sex Roles, 63, 373-385.

Frisén, A., Holmqvist, K. (2010). Adolescents’ own suggestions for bullying interventions at age 13 and 16. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 123–131.

Holmqvist, K. (2008). Body image across cultures and ethnic groups. Unpublished Licentiate Thesis, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg.

Frisén, A., Holmqvist, K., & Oscarsson, D. (2008). 13-year-olds' perception of bullying: Definitions, reasons for victimisation and experience of adults' response. Educational Studies, 34, 105-117.

Holmqvist, K., Lunde, C., & Frisén, A. (2007). Dieting behaviors, body shape perceptions, and body satisfaction: Cross-cultural differences in Argentinean and Swedish 13-year-olds. Body Image, 4, 191–200.