Present research activities and fields of interest:
Coping with diabetes, coping with chronic disease, motivation for diabetes self-management, psychosocial aspects of living with chronic disease, patient-centered counseling.
Morken, I. M., Norekvål, T.M., Isaksen, K., Munk, P.S., Karlsen, B. &
Larsen, A.I (2012). Increased confidence to engage in physical exertion:
older ICD recipients? experiences of participating in an exercise training
program. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Online publ. DOI:
Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2011).Readjusting one?s life in
the tension inherent in work and motherhood. Journal of Advanced
Nursing, 67, (10), 2151-2160.
Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2011). Maternity care
professionals? perceptions of supporting employed women in Norway.
Nursing and Health Sciences, 13, 316-322.
Karlsen, B., Bru, E. & Oftedal, B. (2011). The relationship between
clinical indicators, coping styles, perceived support and diabetes-related
emotional distress among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of
Advanced Nursing. Online publ. Doi.10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05751.x
Oftedal, B., Karlsen, B. & Bru, E. (2011). Motivation for diet and exercise management among adults with type 2 diabetes. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science. Online publ. Doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00884.x
Oftedal, B., Bru, E. & Karlsen, B. (2011). Social support as a motivator of
self-management among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nursing
and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3: 12 - 22.
Graue, M., Haugstvedt, S., Wentzel-Larsen, T. Iversen, M.M., Karlsen, B.
and Rokne, B. Diabetes-reltaed emotional distress in adults: Reliability and
validity of the Norwegian versions of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale
(PAID) and the Diabetes Distress Scale (DDS). International Journal of
Nursing Studies. Online publ. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.08.007.
Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2010) Obtaining confirmation through social relationships ? Norwegian first-time mothers. Nursing and Health Sciences, 12: 113-118.
Oftedal B; Karlsen B; Bru E. (2010) Perceived support from healthcare practitioners among adults with type 2 diabetes, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 1500-9.
Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2010). Living on the edge of
being overstretched ? A Norwegian qualitative study of employed pregnant
women. Health Care for Women International, 31: 533-551.
Oftedal, B. Karlsen, B. & Bru, E. (2010). Life values and self-regulation
behaviours among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Nursing,
Oftedal, B., Karlsen, B. & Bru, E. (2010). Perceived support from
healthcare practitioners among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of
Advanced Nursing, 66:1500-1509.
Morken, I., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2009). "Reconstructing
unpredictability: Experiences of living with an Implantable Cardioverter
Defibrillator over time". Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19: 537 ? 546.
Karlsen, B. (2005). Pasientopplæring, egenansvar, livskvalitet og
metabolsk kontroll hos personer med diabetes. Norsk Tidsskrift for
sykepleieforskning, 7: 18 ? 29.
Karlsen, B., Idsoe, T., Dirdal, I., Hanestad, B.R. & Bru, E. (2004). Effects
of a group-based counselling programme on diabetes related stress,
coping, psychological well-being and metabolic control in adults
with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Patient Education and Counseling, 53: 299-
Karlsen, B., Idsoe, T., Hanestad, B.R., Murberg, T. & Bru, E. (2004).
Perceptions of support, diabetesrelated coping and psychological well
-being in adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Psychology, Health &
Medicine, 9: 53-70.
Karlsen B, Bru E. (2002). Coping styles among adults with Type I and Type II diabetes. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 7: 245 ? 259.
Karlsen B, Bru E, Hanestad BR. (2002). Self-reported psychological well-being and disease-related strains among adults with diabetes. Psychology and Health, 17: 459 ? 473.
Karlsen, B. (1997). Hospital Nurses? Perceptions of Patient Teaching.
Scand J Caring Sci, 11: 97-103.
International conference proceedings
Karlsen, B., Oftedal, B. & Bru, E. (2009). Conflicts between personal self
-regulating goals and life values among adults with type 2 diabetes.
Abstract book: IDF: 20th world diabetes congress, Montreal, 18-22
Oftedal, B. & Karlsen, B. (2008). Motivation for self-regulation in adults with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. Supplement 2; 3: 27.
Karlsen, B., Bru, E., & Dirdal, I. (2003). Effects of a group-based
counselling programme on diabetes-related stress, coping, psychological
well-being and metabolic control in adults with Type 1 and Type
diabetes. Diabetes metabolism (poster displays). 18th International
Diabetes Federation Congress. Paris, 24 ? 29 August: pp 4S369.
Karlsen, B. (2001). Perceived social support and diabetes-related coping
styles among adults with diabetes. Abstract Book ?Health Psychology
2001. Changing Behaviour: Health and Healthcare?. 15th
Conference of the European Health Psychology Society. St. Andrews,
Scotland, Sept. 5th ? 8th: pp 113.
Karlsen B. & Bru E. (2000). Coping among adults with Type I and Type II
diabetes. Abstract Book ?Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice?. 17th
International Diabetes Federation Congress. Mexico
City, nov. 5 ? 10: pp S231.
Karlsen B. (2000) Coping with diabetes. Book of Abstract ?Challenges for
Nurses in the 21st Century: Health Promotion, Prevention and
Intervention?. 10th Biennial Conference of the Workgroup of European
Nurse Researchers, Reykjavik, 25 ? 27 May: pp 12.
Other professional publications
Karlsen, B. (2004). Coping with diabetes. A study of factors influencing
psychological well-being and coping in adults with diabetes. Doctoral
thesis. Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care,
Section of Nursing Science, University of Bergen, Norway.
Karlsen, B. (2011). Den individuelle veiledningssamtalen ? nøkkel til
bedret mestring? I A. Skafjeld og M. Graue (red.) Diabetes ? forebygging,
oppfølging og behandling. Oslo: Akribe Forlag. (In Norwegian).
Karlsen B. (2007). Gruppebasert veiledning for å fremme veiledning av
diabetes. I E. Gjengedal og B. R. Hanestad (red.), Å leve med kronisk
sykdom. En varig kursendring (s. 315 ? 330). Oslo: Cappelen
Akademiske Forlag. (In Norwegian).
Previous experience in directing research:
2006 - 2014 Director of the research project, ?Motivation for self-regulation among adults with type 2 diabetes?. The project has received research grants from the Norwegian Diabetes Association.
Present position: Associate Professor in Nursing Science