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Marta Miklikowska

Associate Professor of psychology. Research: Anti-immigrant attitudes, diversity, empathy, cross-ethnic friendships, political activism. Social contexts (family, friends, school) in youth development.

Works at

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

Marta Miklikowska is employed as a Researcher. She is an Associate Professor in social-developmental psychology and an Associate Editor for Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

Research focus:

  • Anti-immigrant attitudes, diversity, empathy, cross-ethnic friendships, political activism
  • The role of social contexts (family, friends and school) in adolescent development.

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


Selected Publications:

Miklikowska, M., Tilton-Weaver, L., & Burk, W. J. (2022). With a little help from my empathic friends. The role of peers in the development of empathy in adolescence. Developmental Psychology. doi:10.1037/dev0001347

Miklikowska, M., Rekker R., & Kudrnac, A. (2022). A little more conversation, a little less prejudice: The role of classroom political discussions for youth's attitudes toward immigrants. Political Communication. doi:10.1080/10584609.2022.203250

Eckstein, K., Miklikowska, M. & Noack, P. (2021). School matters: The effects of school experiences on youth’s attitudes toward immigrants. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi:10.1007/s10964-021-01497-x

Miklikowska, M., Eckstein, K., & Matera, J. (2021). All together now: Cooperative classroom climate and the development of youth attitudes toward immigrants. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. doi:10.1002/cad.20414

Van Bommel, G., Thijs, J., & Miklikowska, M. (2020). Parallel Empathy and Group Attitudes: The Role of the Perceived Peer Attitudes. Journal of Social Psychology. doi:10.1080/00224545.2020.1840326

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. doi:10.1177/1368430220941592

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. (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., 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

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Miklikowska, Marta; Jasko, Katarzyna; Kudrnáč, Aleš
Political Communication, Routledge 2022, Vol. 39, (3) : 405-427
Miklikowska, Marta; Rekker, Roderik; Kudrnac, Ales
Developmental Psychology, Vol. 58, (6) : 1156-1162
Miklikowska, Marta; Tilton-Weaver, Lauree; Burk, William J.
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 24, (8) : 1372-1390
Bohman, Andrea; Miklikowska, Marta
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Springer-Verlag New York 2021, Vol. 50, (11) : 2208-2223
Eckstein, Katharina; Miklikowska, Marta; Noack, Peter
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 2021, (177) : 123-139
Miklikowska, Marta; Eckstein, Katharina; Matera, Joanna
Journal of Social Psychology, Routledge 2021, Vol. 161, (3) : 337-350
van Bommel, Ghislaine; Thijs, Jochem; Miklikowska, Marta
Youth in Superdiverse Societies: Growing up with globalization, diversity, and acculturation, Routledge 2019 : 213-232
Miklikowska, Marta; Bohman, Andrea
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