Ranta Mette, Tutkijatohtori / Post-doctoral Researcher

Ranta Mette, Tutkijatohtori / Post-doctoral Researcher
University of Helsinki

Department of Education, P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5A), 00014 University of Helsinki

 I am a post-doctoral researcher (Ella & Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation) and a part-time project researcher and lecturer at the Department of Psychology. I have a PhD in psychology (2015) and a M.Soc.Sc. degree in sociology (2008) from the University of Jyväskylä. Therefore, my research has a multidisciplinary focus, integrating sociological youth and life course theories and perspectives on the macro-economic sociohistorical context with psychological theories on positive youth development. Through working with longitudinal data and making use of extensive statistical analyses, I study young adulthood development by analyzing the role of economic factors and potential underlying mechanisms regarding financial security, well-being developmental trajectories, and social relations.   In my doctoral dissertation, I investigated young adults' financial situation, well-being and life course development in the transition from education to work during times of societal economic uncertainty. More specifically, I investigated the role of economic determinants on subjective well-being and life course development during emerging adulthood, in the critical and multi-faceted transition from education to further studies and/or employment. The focus was on young adults’ current financial situation in Finland, conceptualizing young adults as active agents, and exploring resources which promote successful transitions, financial independence and well-being. The focus was also on the changing nature of the transition to adulthood, as frequently transitions vary between individuals, and are interlinked and postponed.   My research is part of the Finnish Educational Transitions (FinEdu) longitudinal research project based at the Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä and at the Department of Education, University of Helsinki.

 Areas of Interest
 Youth research, life course transitions, adolescent well-being, financial independence, agency, well-being, longitudinal studies, multidisciplinarity, extensive questionnaire data collections, quantitative research methods

 Research Areas
Developmental psychology, sociology

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research
With increasing heterogeneity in critical youth life course transitions and current societal economic uncertainty, studying the individual, family-related and societal processes and resources which promote financial independence and well-being is important, including societal infrastructure, social networks, and agency.

Recent Publications
Lazarides, R., Viljaranta, J., Ranta, M., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2017). Adolescents' preparedness and motivation across the transition to post-comprehensive education. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 49, 151–159.  Ranta, M., Grönlund, H., & Pessi, A-B. (2017). Young adults’ conceptions of the sacred in Finland today. Young, 25(1), 45–65. 

Salmela-Aro, K., Sortheix, F., & Ranta, M. (2016). Emerging Adulthood in Finland. In R. Žukauskienė (Ed.), Emerging Adulthood in a European Context. New York: Routledge, 138–153.  

Ranta, M. (2016). The PhD Experience in Finland. International Psychology Bulletin, Original Bulletin of the Division of International Psychology, 20(3), 46–47.  

Pavlova, M. K., Silbereisen, R. K., Ranta, M., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2016). Warm and Supportive Parenting can Discourage Offspring’s Civic Engagement in the Transition to Adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(11), 2197–2217.  

Pihlajaniemi, S., Haltia, N., Ranta, M., Saaranen-Kauppinen, A. & Väänänen, I. (Eds.), Opiskelijatutkimuksen vuosikirja 2016 – Avoin tiede ja avoin koulutus? Helsinki: Opiskelun ja koulutuksen tutkimussäätiö Otus.  

Ranta, M. (2015). Pathways to Adulthood : Developmental Tasks, Financial Resources and Agency. Jyväskylä Studies in Education, Psychology and Social Research, 527, Jyväskylä.  http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-6227-2

Ranta, M. (2013). Finnish young adults’ financial well-being in times of uncertainty. In H. Helve & K. Evans (Eds.), Youth and Work Transitions in Changing Social Landscapes. London: Tufnell Press, 58–67.

Ranta, M., Dietrich, J., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2013). Career and Romantic Relationship Goals and Concerns During Emerging Adulthood. Emerging Adulthood, 2 (1), 17-26. doi:10.1177/2167696813515852

Ranta, M., Chow, A., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2013). Trajectories of life satisfaction and the financial situation in the transition to adulthood. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 4 (1), 57-77. doi:10.14301/llcs.v4i1.216

Ranta, M., Punamäki, R., Tolvanen, A., & Salmela-Aro, K. (2012). The role of financial resources and agency in success and satisfaction regarding developmental tasks in early adulthood. In L. Sampson (Ed.), Economic Stress and the Family (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research) (pp. 187-233). Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research (6). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. doi:10.1108/S1530-3535(2012)0000006011