Mihaela Friedlmeier

Mihaela Friedlmeier

Associate Professor
Diploma: Al.-I. Cuza University, Romania
Ph.D., University of Konstanz, Germany
Office: 2309 Au Sable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8706
Email: friedlmm@gvsu.edu

Office Hours


Developmental and Cross-cultural Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 301 - Child Development

PSY 311 - Controversial Issues in Psychology

PSY 355 - Psychology and Culture

PSY 364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology

Current Research

My main research interest is in the area of intergenerational relationships from a cross-cultural and life-span perspective. The main topics involve the transmission of values and beliefs across generations, the importance of parents and peers for adolescents’ future orientation and well-being, and intergenerational support in different cultural settings.

Recently, I started a new line of research on gender and ethnic differences in non-verbal behavior based on the examination of yearbook photographs.

Recent Publications

Friedlmeier, M., & Gavreliuc, A. (in press). Value orientations and perception of social change in postcommunist Romania. In I. Albert & D. Ferring (Eds.), Intergenerational relationships in society and family: European perspectives. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Wondergem, T., & Friedlmeier, M. (2012). Gender and ethnic differences in smiling: A yearbook photographs analysis from kindergarten through 12th grade. Sex Roles, DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0158-y.

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Continuity and change in family structures, family relations, and values in Eastern European countries after the collapse of communism. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal16, 165-170.

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Relative contribution of mothers and fathers to adolescents’ values in Romanian families. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16, 239-264.

Schwarz, B., Mayer, B., Trommsdorff, G., Ben-Arieh, A., Friedlmeier, M., Lubiewska, K., Mishra, R., Peltzer, K. (2012). Does the importance of parent and peer relationships for adolescents’ life satisfaction vary across cultures? Journal of Early Adolescence32, 55-80. doi: 10.1177/0272431611419508

Friedlmeier, M. & Trommsdorff, G. (2011). Are mother-child similarities in value orientations related to mothers' parenting? A comparative study of American and Romanian mothers and their adolescent children. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8, 661-680. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2011.590649.

Sabatier, C., Mayer, B., Friedlmeier, M., Lubiewska, K., & Trommsdorff, G. (2011). Religiosity, family orientation, and life satisfaction of adolescents in four countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 1375-1393. doi: 10.1177/0022022111412343.