Hirvonen Riikka, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher

Hirvonen Riikka, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoctoral Researcher
Short number:
KÄRKI Aa367.2.


MA in Psychology 2003

PhD in Psychology 2013


Areas of Interest

Developmental psychology (childhood and adolescence), personality and temperament, school and education


Research Areas

Learning motivation, learning-related behaviors and emotions, temperament, academic skills, childhood and adolescence

Profile in the Converis research information system  


The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

The focus of my research is on students’ achievement behaviors and beliefs, and their relation with learning, academic emotions and temperament. Knowledge of these factors will be important in developing individually planned support for students with learning difficulties or problems in school adjustment.


Recent Publications

Hirvonen, R., Väänänen, J., Aunola, K., Ahonen, T., & Kiuru, N. (in press). Adolescents’ and mothers’ temperament types and their roles in early adolescents’ socioemotional functioning. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi:10.1177/0165025417729223

Mauno, S., Hirvonen, R., & Kiuru, N. (in press). Children’s life satisfaction: The roles of mothers’ work engagement and recovery from work. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi:10.1007/s10902-017-9878-6

Viljaranta, J., Silinskas, G., Lerkkanen, M.-K., Hirvonen, R., Pakarinen, E., Poikkeus, A.-M., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2018). Maternal homework assistance and children’s task-persistent behavior in elementary school. Learning & Instruction, 56, 54-63. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.04.005

Georgiou, G. K., Hirvonen, R., Manolitsis, G., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2017). Cross-lagged relations between teacher and parent ratings of children's task avoidance and different literacy skills. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 87, 438-455. doi:10.1111/bjep.12158

Kyllönen, S., Hirvonen, R., Ahonen, T., & Kiuru, N. (2017). Yksinäisyyden, yksinolon ja vanhemmille uskoutumisen yhteydet varhaisnuorten kouluviihtyvyyteen. Oppimisen ja oppimisvaikeuksien erityislehti NMI-Bulletin, 27(3), 25-39.

Rautiainen, O., Rissanen, L., Kiuru, N., & Hirvonen, R. (2017). Siirtymä alakoulusta yläkouluun yhtenäis- ja erilliskouluissa – Siirtymään liittyvät huolet nuorilla. Oppimisen ja oppimisvaikeuksien erityislehti NMI-Bulletin, 27(4), 12-31.

Hirvonen, R., Torppa, M., Nurmi, J.-E., Eklund, K., & Ahonen, T. (2016). Early temperament and age at school entry predict task avoidance in elementary school. Learning and Individual Differences, 47, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2015.12.012

Viljaranta, J., Aunola, K., & Hirvonen, R. (2016). Motivation and academic performance among first-graders: A person-oriented approach. Learning and Individual Differences, 49, 366-372. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2016.06.002

Hirvonen, R., Poikkeus, A.-M., Pakarinen, E., Lerkkanen, M.-K., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2015). Identifying Finnish children’s impulsivity trajectories from kindergarten to Grade 4: Associations with academic and socioemotional development. Early Education and Development, 26 (5-6), 615-644. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.1012190

Silinskas, G., Dietrich, J., Pakarinen, E., Kiuru, N., Aunola, K., Lerkkanen, M.-K., . . . Nurmi, J.-E. (2015). Children evoke similar affective and instructional responses from their teachers and mothers. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39 (5), 432-444. doi:10.1177/0165025415593648

Viljaranta, J., Aunola, K., Mullola, S., Virkkala, J., Hirvonen, R., Pakarinen, E., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2015). Children's temperament and academic skill development during first grade: Teachers' interaction styles as mediators. Child Development, 86 (4), 1191-1209. doi:10.1111/cdev.12379

For all publications, see List of Publications, Google Scholar or Orcid profile


Teaching (list of courses)

CIPA100 Psychology Research at JYU

PSYS210 Tutkimustyö