Institut für gemeindepsychologische und kulturbezogene Forschung (IgkF)

Adresse Nassauische Straße 5
D-10717 Berlin
Ansprechpartner Prof. em. Dr. Jarg Bergold, Prof. i. R. Dr. Manfred Zaumseil
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Zu den Schwerpunkten des Instituts gehören Forschungsprojekte sowie der Aufbau von Studiengängen in den Bereichen Public Mental Health, Bewältigung von Katastrophen und Gemeindepsychologie.

Ongoing projects:

Individual and collective ways of coping long-term with extreme suffering and external help after a natural disaster: meanings and emotions

In 2006 rural Java, Indonesia, was exposed to a severe earthquake followed by an extensive and diverse amount of international, national and local aid. In three differently affected villages we examine, how the inhabitants frame the event and cope with the earthquake and its consequences in the long term, including how they cope with the effects of external help and how they deal with future threats. The earthquake experience is often interpreted as premonition or enlightenment, whereas the religious-spiritual references seem to be manifold. The increasing Islamization (90%) and the minor Christianization cover up older so called “Javanese” orientations, e. g. virtues and stances that affiliate to newer influences. In general, these meaning making processes with their psycho-spiritual embeddings seem to be health-promoting and individually as well as socially stabilizing. They constitute an important part of the so called “resilience” which is usually solely understood in technical or economical terms. Therefor our results encourage further developing a cultural psychology of coping with disasters, which has been neglected so far.

An English book publication with the working title „Cultural Psychology of Coping with Disaster“ is in preparation.

Executive project summary

Project duration:

October 2008 – December 2011

Scientific Presentations

July 2008 International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Bremen, Germany
February 2010 Indonesian Psychological Association (HIMPSI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
June 2010 Colloquium at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (presentation will be published in English language in: Peter Lang Verlag)
July 2010 International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), Melbourne, Australia
July 2010 International Conference of Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Project management:


  • Prof. Johana E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono, Ph.D., Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (jepe[at]; johana[at]

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Partizipation und Empowerment in der Wohnungslosenhilfe Offenburg

Mit einer partizipativen Methodik wird aufgezeigt, wie marginalisierte Menschen als aktive und selbständige Mitbürger wieder Teil des Gemeinwesens werden.


Prof. em. Dr. Jarg Bergold und Dipl.- Päd. Roland Saurer, Dr. Stefan Thomas, Dipl.-Psych. Wilfried Becker


Zukunft Fotografie

Kinder und Jugendliche in den sozial schwachen Regionen Argentiniens haben nur geringe Zukunftsperspektiven. Hier setzt das Projekt an. Kinder und Jugendliche aus den Slums von Rosario erhalten die Möglichkeit, fotografieren zu lernen und damit eine Perspektive für die Zukunft zu gewinnen.


Prof. em. Dr. Jarg Bergold und Prof. Dr. Saul Fuks, Universidad National de Rosario/Argentinien.


Ulrike Bergold, Melina Baracco

Structural Analysis of Cultural Systems S.A.C.S.

S.A.C.S. is a research institution with a focus on indigenous cultures, carrying out empirical studies and intervention projects. We are also available for consulting as well as for education and training.


PD Dr. Arnold Groh