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Marta Miklikowska

Marta's expertise: (1) Adolescents' anti-immigrant attitudes (tolerance/prejudice), empathy, cross-ethnic friendships (2) Social contexts (family, friends, school) in adolescents' development.

Works at

Research fellow at Department of Sociology
Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset & Norra beteendevetarhuset Mediagränd 14, Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Main Research Interests:

Marta Miklikowska is a researcher (socio-developmental psychology) with expertise in: 

  • Development of adolescents' anti-immigrant attitudes (tolerance/prejudice), empathy, and cross-ethnic friendships
  • The role of social contexts (family, friends and school) in adolescents' development.

The aims of her current projects are to identify risk- and protective factors for development of negative attitudes towards immigrants as well as to identify how prevention programs can reduce prejudice and facilitate tolerance in a multiethnic society such as Sweden.

Research Projects:

Marta's research received support from the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ), and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (COFAS).

  • 2017-2019 (VR, 300.000 €) Learning to be prejudiced: The role of empathy and social contexts in development of adolescents' anti-immigrant attitudes. Project leader: Marta Miklikowska
  • 2017-2019 (RJ, 400.000 €) Social foundations of prejudice. The role of parents, peers, and school in the development of prejudice in adolescence. Project leader: Andrea Bohman 
  • 2017-2023 (FORTE, 1.8mln €) The evolution of prejudice. Project leader: Mikael Hjerm
  • 2014-2016 (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, 200.000 €) Preventing and reducing prejudice in adolescence: The role of empathy and cross-ethnic friendships. Project leader: Marta Miklikowska


Selected Publications:

Bohman, A. & Miklikowska, M. (2020). Does Classroom Diversity Improve Intergroup Relations? Short- and Long-term Effects of Classroom Diversity for Youth Cross-ethnic Friendships and Anti-immigrant Attitudes. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Van Bommel, G., Thijs, J., & Miklikowska, M. (2020). Parallel Empathy and Group Attitudes: The Role of the Perceived Peer Attitudes. Journal of Social Psychology.

Miklikowska, M., Bohman, A., & Titzmann, P. F. (2019). Driven by Context? The Interrelated Effects of Parents, Peers, Classrooms on Development of Prejudice among Swedish Majority Adolescents. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000809

Miklikowska, M., Thijs, J., & Hjerm, M. (2019). The Impact of Perceived Teacher Support on Anti-Immigrant Attitudes from Early to Late Adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-019-00990-8

Miklikowska, M. & Bohman, A. (2019). Parents, Peers, Schools: The Role of Social Contexts in Ethnic Majority Reactions to Growing Diversity. In P. Titzmann and P. Jugert (Eds.) Youth in Multicultural Societies: New directions for future research and interventions. Rutledge.

Miklikowska, M. (2018) Empathy Trumps Prejudice: The Longitudinal Relation Between Empathy and Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Adolescence. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0000474

Miklikowska, M. (2018) Development of Tolerance across Life Span. M. H. Bornstein (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Sage Publications.

Miklikowska, M. (2017) Development of Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Adolescence: The Role of Parents, Peers, Intergroup Friendships, and Empathy. British Journal of Psychology, 108(3), 626-648. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12236

Miklikowska, M. (2017). The Role of Parents and Intergroup Friendships in Development of Attitudes toward Immigrants in Adolescence. E. Lundberg (Ed.) Antology on Tolerance. Forum for Living History.

Miklikowska, M. (2015) Like Parent Like Child: Development of Prejudice and Tolerance Towards Immigrants. British Journal of Psychology, 107(1) 95-116. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12124

Miklikowska, M. (2012) Democracy Begins at Home: Parenting, Empathy, and Adolescents' Support for Democratic Values. Åbo Akademi University Press.

Miklikowska, M., Duriez, B., Soenens, B. (2011) Family Roots of Empathy-Related Characteristics: The Role of Perceived Maternal and Paternal Need Support in Adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 47(5): 1342-1352

Miklikowska, M. & Hurme, H. (2011) Democracy begins at Home: Democratic Parenting and Adolescents' Support for Democratic Values. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 8(5), 541-557. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2011.576856

Miklikowska, M. (2012) Psychological Underpinnings of Democracy: Empathy, Authoritarianism, Self-Esteem, Interpersonal Trust, Normative Identity Style, and Openness to Experience as Predictors of Support for Democratic Values. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5): 603-608. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2012.04.032

Professional Memberships:

European Association for Developmental Psychology (EADP), International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD).

Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) 2019, Vol. 55, (11) : 2451-2463
Miklikowska, Marta; Bohman, Andrea; Titzmann, Peter F.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Springer 2019, Vol. 48, (6) : 1175-1189
Miklikowska, Marta; Thijs, Jochem; Hjerm, Mikael
Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) 2018, Vol. 54, (4) : 703-717
Miklikowska, Marta
The SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development, Sage Publications 2018 : 2249-2250
Miklikowska, Marta
Mechanisms of tolerance: an anthology, Stockholm: The Living History Forum 2017 : 281-302
Miklikowska, Marta
British Journal of Psychology, John Wiley & Sons 2017, Vol. 108, (3) : 626-648
Miklikowska, Marta
British Journal of Psychology, The British Psychological Society 2015, Vol. 107, (1) : 95-116
Miklikowska, Marta
The psychological components of a sustainable peace, Springer 2012 : 227-243
Fry, Douglas P.; Miklikowska, Marta
Developmental Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) 2011, Vol. 47, (5) : 1342-1352
Miklikowska, Marta; Duriez, Bart; Soenens, Bart
European Journal of Developmental Psychology, Psychology Press 2011, Vol. 8, (5) : 541-557
Miklikowska, Marta; Hurme, Helena
Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature, Springer Publishing Company 2010, Vol. 2, (2) : 124-137
Miklikowska, Marta; Fry, Douglas P.

Research projects

1 January 2017 until 31 December 2019
1 January 2017 until 31 December 2023