In Indonesia, mental health issues have not recieved serious attention at the level of policy or practice. Moreover, concepts of mental health are contextualised within broader cultural, spiritual, socio-economic and regional factors that alter perceptions of mental health and its relationship to poverty and other influences. This study proposes to explore the relationship between poverty and mental health in a remote region of Indonesia. It is motivated by the lack of mental health services in the region and a lack of understanding of the psychological factors involved in realation to mental health in developing nations. To examine these issues, indigenous psychology, as opposed to Western or Positivist Psychology, will be applied as a perspective, using phenomenology as a method. This paper describes the methodological and ethical considerations which will apply to this research.
3rd Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society (HKICEPS), Hong Kong, China 29-31 December 2014
Proceedings of the 3rd Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society / pp.330-341