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The Fifth International AAICP Conference on Stress, Health and Well-being: Indigenous, Social and Cultural Perspectives
Asian Association of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, Psychology Department of Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta, Indonesia, January 10-11, 2014



Stress has become a part of modern life which can produce devastating physiological, psychological and social consequences. Coping with stress and promoting health are important aspect of well-being. Traditional psychological theories and medicine have focused on physiological basis of stress. However, recent researches indicate that relational, social, community and cultural factors mediate the experience of stress and coping and these factors are important in understanding health and promoting well-being.

The goal of the Fifth International Conference of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology is to understand factors that alleviate stress and promote health and well-being. The second goal is to examine how human thoughts, emotions and actions in local, cultural and global context influence stress and promote health and well-being. The third goal is to examine the role of agency, intentions and goals in explaining the experience of stress, health and well-being. The fourth goal is to integrate arts and humanities with social sciences to understand stress, health and well-being. The fifth goal is to contribute to development of psychological knowledge that is relevant, useful and universal.

Surakarta, Indonesia is ideally suited to host the Fifth International Conference of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, with its diverse cultures, religions and way of life. Surakarta represents an example of people living in harmony. Indigenous way of life is dominant and culture provides a basis for alleviating stress and promoting health and well-being.

Moh. Abdul Hakim, Chair Organizing Committee
Uichol Kim, Chair Scientific Committee


This conference will cover the following topics on stress, health and well-being:


Research on stress, health and well-being

Role of emotion in our life and emotional disorder

Stress, coping with disaster, severe illness and trauma.



Self, relationship and community in promoting health human development

Occupational stress, satisfaction and job performance.

Integration of indigenous and cultural psychology with medicine.



Diagnosis, counseling and psychological treatments in medication processes.

Primary prevention, community intervention and promoting healthy lifestyle.

Education and health promotion.



Linkages of art, music, and humanities with scientific understanding of health.


This event is supported by

Center for Indigenous and Health Psychology

Center for Indigenous and Cultural Psychology

Laboratorium for Indonesian Psychology Development

Indigenous Psychology Research Unit

Department of Psychology, Universitas Udayana

Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Psychology Department, Paramadina University

Faculty of Psychology, UIN Sultan Syarif Kasim, Riau

Center for Islamic and Indigenous Psychology

Center for Family Study and Empowerment

Center for Applied Indigenous Psychology

Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta

Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Diponegoro

Psychology Department, Universitas Sebelas Maret