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.