Wolfgang Friedlmeier, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Grand Valley State University
Diploma, University of Bamberg, Germany
Ph.D., University of Konstanz, Germany
office:  (616) 331-2415
phone: (616) 3724-4413
office hours: MWF 1:30-2:30

 301 W. Fulton St. EC 104
 phone: 616-331-6835


Cross-Cultural and Developmental Psychology

PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 400 - Advanced Research in Psychology
PSY 355 - Psychology and Culture
Research Interests
My research interest focuses on social and emotional development in a cross-cultural perspective.
Current Roles
Editor of Online Readings of  Psychology and Culture
Recent Publications

Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., & Benga, O. (2014). Cultural perspective on emotional development in early childhood. In L. Jensen (Ed.), Oxford handbook of culture and development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gunzenhauser, C., Fäsche, A., Friedlmeier, W., & Suchodoletz, A. (2014). Face it or hide it: Parental socialization of reappraisal and suppression. Frontiers in Psychology, 4.

Susa, G., Monea, I., Salageana, D., Mihalca, L., Benga, O., & Friedlmeier, W. (2014). The relation between maternal perception of toddler emotion regulation abilities and emotion regulation abilities displayed by children in a frustration inducing task. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 128, 493-497.

VanderWege, B., Sanchez, M., Friedlmeier, W., Mihalca, L., Goodrich, E., & Corapci, F. (2014). Emotion displays in media: A comparison between Romanian, Turkish, Euro-American children books. Frontiers in Psychology.

Zupancic, M., Friedlmeier, W., Puklek-Levpuscek, M., Sirsch, U., & Bruckner, J. (in press). Perceived adult status in Austria, Slovenia and the US among students. Sage Open.

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Prosoziale Motivation (prosocial motivation). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. /prosoziales-motivsystem/

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Inklusiver Altruismus (inclusive altruism). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. /altruismus-inklusiver/

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Reziproker Altruismus (reciprocal altruism). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. /altruismus-reziproker/

Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Emotionen und Stress im Kulturvergleich [Emotions and stress in cross-cultural perspective]. In Genkova, P., Ringeisen, T., & Leong, F. T. L. (Eds.), Handbuch Stress und Kultur: Interkulturelle und kulturvergleichende Perspektiven (S. 213-234). Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Wiesbaden.

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 Journal, 16, 165-170.

Friedlmeier, M., & Friedlmeier, W. (Eds.). (2012a). Individual development and family relations in Eastern Europe [Special Issue]. Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16(2).

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

Holodynski, M. & Friedlmeier, W. (2012). Affect and culture. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), Oxford handbook of culture and psychology (pp. 957-986). New York, Oxford University Press.

Friedlmeier, W., Corapci, F., & Cole, P. M. (2011). Socialization of emotions in cross-cultural perspective. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 410–427.

Current Projects

Emotion Socialization in Cultural Perspective

This project aims to analyze effects of cultural variations of emotion socialization on children’s development of emotions by comparing Turkish, Romanian, Israeli, and American families. Caregivers regulate children’s emotions from early on and the caregivers’ regulation strategies are guided by culturally shared models of emotion competence. Based on current literature, American mothers follow an individualistic model of emotion competence while East Asian mothers opt for a relational model of emotion competence (Friedlmeier, Corapci, & Cole, 2011). Our main goal of the project is two-fold: First, we aim to test cultural variations in mothers’ emotion regulation strategies. We expect that Romanian and Turkish mothers’ strategies may deviate from both emotion models mentioned above. Israeli Jewish mothers will follow the individualistic model while Israeli Arab mothers may prefer the relational model. Second, we aim to test whether cultural differences of emotions can already be documented for children as young as 2-years of age and are affected by maternal regulation strategies. We use observation methods, semi-structured interview, and questionnaires. The study is carried out in collaboration with Dr. Feyza Corapci (Bogazici University, Istanbul), Dr. Oana Benga (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj), and Dr. Jenny Kurman (University of Haifa),). Furthermore, Lisa Hickman, a sociology professor at GVSU, focuses on the analyses of sources (e.g., media, pediatrician, own parents) from which mothers in these different countries get information about the appropriate regulation of emotions.

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