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In Asia, the family unit has long been the foundation of society. The family system, instead of the government, provides social, economic, and emotional support to the individual as well as the family itself. Self-reliance and personal responsibility are nurtured within the family, but with increased urbanization and industrialization of Asia, the family unit is in danger of breaking down. This paper questions what will happen to the social structure if the family is weakened, and reflects on whether Asia will be able to preserve the family in its transition to modernization. It states that counselors can be helpful in assisting clients with decision-making by using opportunities for psychological counseling available via the Internet. The paper argues that counselors have been focusing exclusively on the internal aspects of families and have ignored the larger culture. They have been looking for pathology within the families and have not considered the impact of the larger system. The paper suggests that counselors address people's schedules to help them become less burdened, teach them how to live lives based upon their values, and help them develop a family mission statement and live by it. (JDM)

Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Social Change, Social Influences, Technology

Author: Carlson, Jon


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