Current primary research interests include predictors of parenting attitudes and behavior and parental development, social and social-cognitive development in children and adolescents, and positive youth development. Beginning in 2018, I will be working on an externally funded research project evaluating parenting programs for a large NGO and would be interested in talking with prospective postgraduate research students about possible thesis projects in this area.
- Donaldson K., Friesen MD. and Gage JD. (2019) The psychological salience of religiosity and spirituality among Christian young people in New Zealand: A mixed-methods study. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 11(1): 42-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rel0000170.
- Arps ER., Friesen MD. and Overall NC. (2018) Promoting Youth Mental Health via Text-Messages: A New Zealand Feasibility Study. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being 10(3): 457-480. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12143.
- Friesen MD., Horwood LJ., Fergusson DM. and Woodward LJ. (2017) Exposure to Parental Separation in Childhood and Later Parenting Quality as an Adult: Evidence from a 30-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 58(1): 30-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12610.
- Gillies WM., Boden JM., Friesen MD., Macfarlane S. and Fergusson DM. (2017) Ethnic Differences in Adolescent Mental Health Problems: Examining Early Risk Factors and Deviant Peer Affiliation. Journal of Child and Family Studies 26(10): 2889-2899. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0792-7.
- Sotardi VA. and Friesen MD. (2017) Student reflections on learning and studying during the transition to university: Implications for tertiary learning advisors. Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand (ATLAANZ) Journal. 2(1): 19-35.