July 27, 2016 10:20 - 11:50

How do Adolescents' Repress Sadness Caused by Conflict in Romantic Relationships? : An Indigenous Approach

[Speaker] Fargha, Ali A:1
[Co-author] Shabrina, Zafira R N:1
1:Center for Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Unibersitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)

Adolescence is often regarded as a time of deep and diverse emotions. In romantic relationships, the emotions are more expressed and obvious (Brown et al, 1999). This study aims to identify how adolescents repress sadness caused by conflict in romantic relationships. The sample was ethnically diverse, consisting of Javanese (64,10%) and other Indonesia ethnics (35,90%). A total number of 156 (103 females and 53 males) Javanese undergraduate students aged 18-22, who are currently in or had experienced romantic relationship a were asked to complete an open-ended questionnaire. The data was analyzed using thematic content analysis -- categorized, single-coded, and axial-coded with indigenous psychological perspective. Results demonstrated there are six main parts that repress sadness: Activities (49.31%), socializing (15.97%), emotional expression (14.58%), emotional control (10.42%), direct problem solving (6.25%), religious coping (3.47 %).

Keyword : sadness; Indonesian adolescents; romantic relationship; indigenous psychology
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