Kognitive Psychologie, Wahrnehmung und Methodenlehre

Associate Lecturers

Dr. Boris Mayer

+41 31 631 51 94
A 367
University of Bern
Department of Psychology
Fabrikstrasse 8
CH-3012 Bern
Meetings by appointment, send me an Email.

My research is in the area of developmental and cross-cultural psychology. Specifically, I am interested in how culture and cultural change relates to adolescent development and to the development of families.

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

Mayer, B., Trommsdorff, G., Friedlmeier, M., Lubiewska, K., Barni, D., Kasearu, K., & Albert, I. (2015). The roles of religiosity and affluence for adolescents’ family orientation: Multilevel analyses of 18 cultures. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 7(3), 47-88. doi: 10.14658/pupj-ijse-2015-3-3

Beilmann, M., & Mayer, B., Kasearu, K., & Realo, A. (2014). The relationship between adolescents’ social capital and individualism-collectivism in Estonia, Germany and Russia. Child Indicators Research, 7, 589-611. doi: 10.1007/s12187-014-9232-z

Mayer, B., Trommsdorff, G., Kagitcibasi, C., & Mishra, R. C. (2012). Family models of independence/interdependence and their intergenerational similarity in Germany, Turkey, and India. Family Science, 3, 64-74. doi: 10.1080/19424620.2011.671503

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

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

Mayer, B., & Trommsdorff, G. (2010). Adolescents’ value of children and their intentions to have children: A cross-cultural and multilevel analysis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 671-689. doi: 10.1177/0022022110372195

Trommsdorff, G., Friedlmeier, W., & Mayer, B. (2007). Sympathy, distress, and prosocial behavior of preschool children in four cultures. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 31, 284-293. doi: 10.1177/0165025407076441

Schwarz, B., Trommsdorff, G., Albert, I., & Mayer, B. (2005). Adult parent-child relationship: Relationship quality, support, and reciprocity. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 54, 396-417. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2005.00217.x


Edited Book

Mayer, B., & Kornadt, H.-J. (Eds.). (2010). Psychologie – Kultur – Gesellschaft. Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.


Book Chapters

Mayer, B. (2013). Family change theory: A preliminary evaluation on the basis of recent cross-cultural studies. In I. Albert & D. Ferring (Eds.), Intergenerational relations. European perspectives on family and society (pp. 167-187). Cambridge, England: Policy Press.

Mayer, B., & Trommsdorff, G. (2012). Cross-cultural perspectives on adolescents’ religiosity and family orientation. In G. Trommsdorff & X. Chen (Eds.), Values, religion, and culture in adolescent development (pp. 341-369). New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.

Trommsdorff, G., & Mayer, B. (2012). A cross-cultural study of intergenerational relations. In H. Bertram & N. Ehlert (Eds.), Family, ties, and care. Family transformation in a plural modernity (pp. 315-342). Opladen, Germany: Barbara Budrich.

Mayer, B., Albert, I., Trommsdorff, G., & Schwarz, B. (2005). Value of children in Germany: Dimensions, comparison of generations, and relevance for parenting. In G. Trommsdorff & B. Nauck (Eds.), The value of children in cross-cultural perspective. Case studies from eight societies (pp. 43-65). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science.

Trommsdorff, G., Mayer, B., & Albert, I. (2004). Dimensions of culture in intra-cultural comparisons: Individualism/collectivism and family-related values in three generations. In H. Vinken, J. Soeters, & P. Ester (Eds.), Comparing cultures: Dimensions of culture in a comparative perspective (pp. 157-179). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.

Mayer, B., Schwarz, B., Trommsdorff, G. (2015, September). A cross-cultural study of adolescents’ willingness for intergenerational support: Relations to maternal expectations and mothers’ life satisfaction. In I. Albert (Convenor), Generations and willingness for intergenerational support. Symposium at the 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Braga, Portugal.



Mayer, B. (2015, July). Controlling for culture-specific response bias using ipsatization and response style indicators: Family orientation in seventeen cultures and two generations. In F. J. R. van de Vijver (Convenor) Cross-cultural assessment. Invited Symposium at the 13th European Conference on Psychological Assessment, Zurich, Switzerland.



Mayer, B., Wang, Y. Z., & Sinha, S. (2014, September). Perceived malleability of self versus the world and its impact on youths’ control orientation in four cultures. Paper to be presented at the 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), Izmir, Turkey.



Mayer, B., & Trommsdorff, G. (2014, July). Multilevel relations among religiosity and family orientation in adolescence: The role of cultural change. In M. Gauvain (Conv.), Human development and cultural change. Invited symposium at the 22nd International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Reims, France.



Mayer, B. (2013, October). Cultural models and implicit theories of self and world: A view from cross-cultural psychology. In N. Gupta-Biener (Org.), Tacit knowledge in intercultural communication. Invited Workshop at the University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

Editorial Board




Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Children and Society

Child Indicators Research

Cognition, Brain, Behavior. An Interdisciplinary Journal

Cross-Cultural Research

European Journal of Developmental Psychology

European Journal of Social Psychology

Family Science

Field Methods

GeroPsych – The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry

International Journal of Behavioral Development

International Journal of Comparative Sociology

International Journal of Psychology

Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science

Journal of Adolescence

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Swiss Journal of Psychology

Zeitschrift für Familienforschung

Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation (ZSE)

ZQF - Zeitschrift für Qualitative Forschung

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