Wolfgang Friedlmeier

Wolfgang Friedlmeier

Professor Of Psychology
Diploma, University of Bamberg, Germany
Ph.D., University of Konstanz, Germany

Department of Psychology
Grand Valley State University

office: 616-331-2415
phone: 616-724-4413

email: friedlmw@gvsu.edu

Office Hours


Behavioral Research Facility
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

Recent Publications

Fäsche, A., Gunzenhauser, C., Friedlmeier, W., & von Suchodoletz, A. (2015). Regulation positiver und negativer Emotionen als Mediator zwischen Emotionssozialisation der Mutter und Problemverhalten des Kindes (Regulation of positive and negative emotions as mediator between maternal emotion socialization and child problem behavior). Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie: Schwerpunktheft Emotionsregulation und Psychopathologie, 64, 334-350. http://dx.doi.org/10.13109/prkk.2015.64.5.334

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199948550.013.9

Gunzenhauser, C., Fäsche, A., Friedlmeier, W., & Suchodoletz, A. (2014). Face it or hide it: Parental socialization of reappraisal and suppression. Frontiers in Psychology, 4. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00992

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.03.194

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00600

Zupancic, M., Friedlmeier, W., Puklek-Levpuscek, M., Sirsch, U., & Bruckner, J. (2014). Perceptions of achieved criteria for Adulthood among Austrian, Slovene, and U.S. students. Sage Open, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244014556997

Friedlmeier, W. (2013). Prosoziale Motivation (prosocial motivation). In M. A. Wirtz, H.-O. Häcker & K.-H. Stapf (Hrsg.). Dorsch Lexikon der Psychologie. Bern: Huber. http://portal.hogrefe.com/dorsch /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. http://portal.hogrefe.com/dorsch /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. http://portal.hogrefe.com/dorsch /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, Indian, 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 Indian mothers may opt for a relational model, while 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 endorse 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), Dr. Jenny Kurman (University of Haifa), and Dr. Shagufa Kapadia (Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda). 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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