Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters

The Case of an Earthquake in Java, Indonesia

  • Manfred Zaumseil
  • Silke Schwarz
  • Mechthild von Vacano
  • Gavin Brent Sullivan
  • Johana E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Theoretical Overview and Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manfred Zaumseil, Mechthild von Vacano, Silke Schwarz, Gavin B. Sullivan, Johana E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono
      Pages 85-102
  3. Context, Method and Reflexive Commentaries on the Case Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Manfred Zaumseil, Mechthild von Vacano, Silke Schwarz
      Pages 105-127
    3. Silke Schwarz, Tri Hayuning Tyas, Johana E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono
      Pages 129-152
    4. Lucia Peppy Novianti
      Pages 153-160
    5. Nindyah Rengganis
      Pages 161-167
  4. Multidimensional Coping Framework

  5. Specific Aspects of Coping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-266
    2. Jeane, A. Indradjaja, Manfred Zaumseil
      Pages 267-284

About this book


As the interdependence between human activities and natural forces on earth  grows in instability, disaster research is maturing as a discipline, employing concepts and methods from fields as disparate as psychology, history, and engineering. But psychological studies have mainly focused on post-disaster pathology or standard themes of coping, rarely taking cultural factors into consideration.

Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters addresses this omission with an innovative framework for studying culture-specific concepts of vulnerability and local forms of resilience. Expert contributors both build on and transcend traditional clinical ideas to analyze four distinct dimensions of coping: material, social, life conduct, and religious. Extensive findings on the 2006 Java earthquake illustrate both concepts and methods in real-world detail. And a chapter on villagers' visions of their future ably demonstrates the balance between the personal and the collective in coping. Included in the coverage: 

  • Methodological basis of a culture-specific coping approach.
  • Research ethics: between formal norms and intentions.
  • Suffering, healing, and the discourse of trauma.
  • Disaster aid distribution and social conflicts.
  • Critical perspectives on gender mainstreaming in disaster contexts.
  • Plus a multidimensional framework for analyzing the coping process.

A truly transdisciplinary work, Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disasters lends itself to a wide range of professional, academic, and research domains, among them disaster psychology, disaster management/aid, cultural psychology, anthropology, public policy, and public health. The book also makes a useful text for courses in these and other fields.                                                                 


Cultural approaches to disaster Cultural psychology International disaster management complex PTSD and natural disasters Psychology of disaster The Java earthquake of 2006 coping models in psychology coping theories coping with natural disasters disaster management disaster research multidimensional coping model psychology of coping with disasters refugees and mental health research ethics specific aspects of coping understanding disasters

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Zaumseil
    • 1
  • Silke Schwarz
    • 2
  • Mechthild von Vacano
    • 3
  • Gavin Brent Sullivan
    • 4
  • Johana E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono
    • 5
  1. 1.International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economics gGmbH at Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economics gGmbH at Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Leeds Metropolitan UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Center for Research and Community ServiceChristian University of Krida Wacana (UKRIDA)Jakarta BaratIndonesia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-9353-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-9354-9
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