Anna Stiina Wallinheimo

Dr Anna-Stiina Wallinheimo


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
BA (University of Stockholm, Sweden); MSc (University of Bath); MSc (University of Kingston) and PhD (University of Surrey)
+44 (0)1483 683147
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Academic and research departments

School of Psychology, School of Literature and Languages.

Research

Research interests

Awards

The winner of the European Society of Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP) travel bursary of £500, to attend the ESCOP Annual Conference (2017) in Potsdam, Germany.

The winner of the British Psychological Society Cognitive Section (BPS) travel bursary of £400, to attend the Annual Conference (2018) in Liverpool, UK. 

My teaching

My publications

Publications

ANNA-STIINA WALLINHEIMO (2021)Risk factors for depression during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal study in middle-aged and older adults, In: BJPsych Open Cambridge University Press
Lauren Spinner, HARRIET TENENBAUM, Lindsey Cameron, ANNA-STIINA WALLINHEIMO (2021)A school-based intervention to reduce gender-stereotyping, In: School Psychology International SAGE Publications

Children’s adherence to gender stereotypes can be detrimental, yet interventions to tackle stereotyping have achieved mixed success. Few studies have examined interventions developed collaboratively by educators and researchers, and the impact of interventions that focus on increasing perceived similarities between genders has yet to be tested. The present study evaluated an intervention among 6- to 10-year-old British children (47 boys; 37 girls) compared to a control group (61 boys; 47 girls). Led by their class teacher via weekly 30-minute lessons, over a four-month period, children learned to identify and challenge stereotypes, and explored similarities between genders and diversity within gender (e.g., not all girls like pink). Key measures of gender flexibility in relation to toy play, occupations, and perceived similarity to gender groups were utilised. After controlling for baseline scores, the intervention group felt more similar to the other gender and reported that they could do a wider range of occupations in the future. Those who showed less flexibility around toy play at baseline were more flexible after the intervention. Boys in the intervention group reported that gender stereotypes were more unfair than did the control group. Findings are discussed in relation to theories of gender stereotyping and intervention research.

Concerns have been raised regarding middle-aged and older adults’ mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. The aim of the current study was to characterise associations between internet use (frequency and purpose), depression symptoms and Quality of Life (QoL) during the pandemic, in individuals aged 55–75. Data (N = 3491) were drawn from the English longitudinal study of ageing (ELSA) cohort study collected in June/July 2020 (while social distancing measures were in place). Associations with frequency of use were tested using analysis of covariance (ANCOVAS), controlling for covariates such as wealth and education. Type of internet use (for communication, information search) was also analysed amongst frequent users. Significant effects of frequency of use were observed (p = 0.01 for depression, p < 0.001 for QoL), with lower depression symptoms and higher QoL scores amongst more frequent users. Regarding purpose of use, those who reported using the internet for communication purposes had higher QoL. However, use for health-related or Government services information searching was associated with more depression symptoms. Results provide important information regarding the potential benefits of internet use for middle-aged and older people, suggesting that strategies to increase internet usage (particularly for communication) might benefit middle-aged and older adults’ mental health and counter isolation as the coronavirus crisis continues to evolve.

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