The nation of Indonesia is
a geological area of instability.
Since 2000, Indonesian families have experienced 20 major earthquakes,
32 floods and landslides, four volcanic eruptions and one disastrous
plight is not atypical for the Asian-Pacific region, it has been described as
one of the “hardest hit” countries, and as such, it is an ideal
location to examine the broader questions of how humans react mentally and
physically to repeated natural disasters in this part of the world. Through a
partnership established with a local university in
seeks to examine the impact of repeated/chronic exposure to natural disasters
on parents and children, understand how parents can buffer children’s responses
to these disasters, and examine the efficacy of a psychoeducational/skill-based
intervention delivered to parents.
Since 2008, PBB has partnered with Universitas Sanata Dharma and school districts in Java to train local practitioners to deliver psychosocial support to almost 500 parents and dozens of teachers. Other members of the research and project team include graduate students in psychology at Gadja Mada University, also in Yogyakarta. Collaborators in the United States include faculty and doctoral students from the University of California, Irvine who focus on trauma research and biological markers for events.
Seyle, D.C., Widyatmoko, C.S., & Silver, R.C. (in press). Coping with natural disasters in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: A study of elementary school teachers. School Psychology International. Download.
Widyatmoko, C.S., Tan, E., Seyle, D.C., Mayawati, E.H. & Silver, R.C. (2011). Coping with natural disasters in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: The psychological state of elementary school children as assessed by their teachers. School Psychology International , Vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 484-497. Download.