Mihaela Friedlmeier

Mihaela Friedlmeier

Associate Professor - Developmental/Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • 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



Developmental and Cross-cultural Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 301 - Child Development
PSY 311 - Controversial Issues in Psychology
PSY 331 - Adolescent Psychology
PSY 364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology

Research Interests

My primary scholarly interests  are in the area of intergenerational relationships throughout the life span, mainly the relationship between adolescents and their parents in different cultures. In my work, I maintain that parent-child relationships are essential to individual development throughout the life span, and parents are often seen as the primary socialization agents. My research also deals with questions of intergenerational similarities and family influences in countries undergoing abrupt socio-political changes versus more stable countries. 

Current Research

My current research project examines the issue of financial behavior and well-being in college students. Relevant questions are: Which parental factors (general parenting, parents’ financial behaviors, and direct teaching) are more strongly associated with emerging adults’ financial outcomes? What is the contribution of working experience and financial education during high school as well as working experience during college to college students’ financial outcomes? How are college students’ financial outcomes associated with general life-satisfaction?


Friedlmeier, M. & Sanders, V. (November, 2017). Attitudes and beliefs about work and money among American emerging adults and their parents. Paper presented at the 8th biennial Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Conference, Washington, D.C.

Friedlmeier, M. & Sanders, V. (July, 2017). Emerging adults’ financial satisfaction in the US: A dyadic perspective. Paper presented at the 9th European Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Warsaw, Poland.

Negru-Subtirica, O., Cheie, L., & Friedlmeier, M. (July, 2017). Financial success: A qualitative analysis on Romanian parent-emerging adult child dyads. Paper presented at the 9th European Conference of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Warsaw, Poland.

Friedlmeier, M., & Gavreliuc, A. (2013). Value orientations and perception of social change in post-communist Romania. In I. Albert & D. Ferring (Eds.), Intergenerational relationships in society and family: European perspectives. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

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

Wondergem, T., & Friedlmeier, M. (2012). Gender and ethnic differences in smiling: A yearbook photographs analysis from kindergarten through 12th grade. Sex Roles, 67 (7), 403-411. DOI 10.1007/s11199-012-0158-y

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 Adolescence, 32, 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.

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