1st Edition

Psychology in Southeast Asia Sociocultural, Clinical, and Health Perspectives

Edited By Grant Rich, Jas Laile Jaafar, David Barron Copyright 2020
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Despite diverse, rich cultural traditions and abundant economic opportunity, there has been a paucity of research on psychology in Southeast Asia. This book aims to fill that gap, with a series of well-written theoretical and empirical chapters by PhD psychologists in SE Asia along with respected international colleagues and co-authors from around the globe.

    In particular this book focuses upon critical sociocultural, clinical, and health issues and perspectives in psychology in Southeast Asia. Overviews help contextualize the cultural data, permitting nuanced examination of significant psychological issues in nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and more.

    Psychologists and mental health professionals with interests in Asia will find this book to be a must-read, as will other readers seeking to deepen their cultural and international understanding.

    List of contributors

    1.Psychology in Southeast Asia: An overview (Grant J. Rich, Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar, and David Barron)

    Part 1: Resilience and Adjustment (Grant J. Rich)
    2.Psychology in the Philippines: An overview of the state of the discipline emphasising sociocultural, clinical, and health perspectives (David Barron, Nor Azzatunnisak Mohd Khatib, Hanoor Syahirah Zahari, and Evelyn Toh Kheng Lin)
    3.Psychology in Cambodia: Looking forward with resilience (Grant J. Rich and Skultip (Jill) Sirikantraporn)
    4. Moving Forward: Understanding the adjustment of domestic violence survivors from the perspective of family counselling (Melati Sumari, Nor Hasniah Ibrahim, and Dini Farhana Baharudin)
    5. Filipina migrant domestic workers in Asia: Mental health and resilience (Esslin Terrighena and David Barron)
    6. Sexism and disengagement in the Thai workplace (Prapimpa Jarunratanakul)

    Part 2: Well-being (Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar)
    7. The relationship between meaning in life and subjective well-being among on-call employees with forgiveness and hope as mediators (Bagus Takwin and Aninda Enza Azura Mundakir)
    8. Values and subjective well-being in Singapore (Tambyah Siok Kuan, Tan Soo Jiuan, and Daniel Tan Chun Jie)
    9. Subjective well-being of adolescents and their parents in Vietnam (Truong Thi Khanh Ha)
    10. What makes young Malaysians healthy? Establishing the determinants of social well-being (Haslina Muhamad, Nik Daliana Nik Farid, Nurul Fazmidar Mohd Noor, and Noor Sulastry Yurni Ahmad)
    11. Cognitive-emotional regulation and aggression and their relationship to well-being among Thais (Skultip (Jill) Sirikantraporn and Nattasuda Taephant)

    Part 3: Identity and Health Perspectives in Southeast Asia, with Assessment Concerns (David Barron)
    12. Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees from Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia: Psychological perspectives on identity and health in the United States (Julie Badaracco and Skultip Sirikantraporn)
    13. The moral identity of Malays: An empirical investigation of Malay moral attributes reflected on political and non-political Facebook pages (Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar, Salinah Jaafar, Haslina Muhamad, Mohd Awang Idris, and Muhammad Saiful Haq Hussin)
    14. Measures of image and disordered eating for use with Malaysian populations: A critical review and methodological critique of the recent literature (Viren Swami)
    15. The case of post hoc ergo propter hoc with the psychological assessment of schizotypy and psychotic-like experiences in Southeast Asia: Identity, self-image, and health (David Barron and Evelyn Toh Kheng Lin)
    16. Conclusion: Past, present, and future of psychology in Southeast Asia (Grant J. Rich, Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar, and David Barron)



    Grant J. Rich, PhD, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is Senior Editor of Pathfinders in International Psychology (2015) and has published three coedited books in 2017 and 2018: Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology (2017), Human Strengths and Resilience: Developmental, Cross-Cultural, and International Perspectives (2018), and Teaching Psychology around the World (2018). Dr. Rich teaches at Walden University, USA.

    Jas Laile Suzana Jaafar, PhD, is a professor at the Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    David Barron, PhD, is the deputy director and reader at the Centre of Psychological Medicine, Perdana University, Malaysia. 

    'Some 650 million persons reside in Southeast Asia. This pioneering volume discusses innovative psychological research conducted in 9 ASEAN countries and helps us to understand better what culturally varied lives these people lead. There is no other book like it.' - Uwe P. Gielen, Ph.D., Past President, Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR); Past President International Council of Psychologists (ICP); Past President American Psychological Association, International Division; Professor Emeritus, St. Francis College

    'For many years, cross-cultural psychologists have pointed to the Eurocentric bias in Psychology. Henrich, Heine and Norenzayan provided strong empirical evidence of this bias when they demonstrated that much of psychological science is based primarily on samples from Western Educated Industrialized Rich Democracies (WEIRD). In this pioneering volume on Psychology in Southeast Asia, Rich, Jaafar and Barron have provided a significant contribution to counter this WEIRD science. In this timely book, the authors cover the significant psychological theories and research from 9 of the 10 ASEAN countries. It provides an enlightening overview of the people of Southeast Asia beyond the stereotypes engendered by the Vietnam war or the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia. I highly recommend it to scholars and individuals interested in understanding Southeast-Asian psychology from indigenous perspectives.' - Frederick Leong, PhD, Director of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research, Michigan State University; Past President, Asian American Psychological Association; Past President, APA’s Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Founding Editor APA’s Asian American Journal of Psychology

    'Having worked very closely with refugees from Southeast Asia for more than 10 years, and witnessed how they started with nothing and became established as business people or professionals in Canada in 20 years, I know that they have much to teach people in the West about the cultural source of their resilience and success. That is why I believe that Psychology in Southeast Asia fills a major gap in the literature regarding the vital role of culture-specific beliefs, values, rituals and social structures for clinical psychology, health psychology and positive psychology. I highly recommend this book for both researchers and practitioners.' - Paul T. P. Wong, President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (www.meaning.ca), Professor Emeritus, Trent University