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By Kit S. Ng

Worldwide views in relatives treatment: improvement, perform, tendencies offers an summary of the improvement of the relatives and the problems and issues they're confronted with in several cultural contexts. Contributions from specialists within the box extend at the varied points at the historic beginnings, present advancements, education concerns, theoretical diversifications, destiny traits, and examine strength in relatives remedy all through 14 nations. It explores the varied cultural method of family members treatment and indicates numerous medical interventions which are invaluable to clinicians facing households from assorted international locations, together with case reviews, vignettes and examine results of kin treatment out of the country.

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20 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN FAMILY THERAPY UNDERSTANDING THE JAPANESE FAMILY Families as Closed Systems Eastern tradition defines the man as the head of the family. The old family law postulated that men could divorce their wives but women could not divorce their husbands. They have to define the boundary of the power to maintain their power. Therefore, family boundaries are very rigid. The boss takes all the responsibilities for whatever happens in the family (Kitaoji, 1971). Outside agencies are not allowed to intervene in family matters.

The Chinese and Indians of Singapore today are largely the descendents of migrant workers who came from 40 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN FAMILY THERAPY China and India during the 1800s and early 1900s, respectively The Malays are people indigenous to the area and are mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia. Four major dialect groups of Chinese came: the Hokkiens, Teochews, Cantonese, and Hakkas. The Indians came from the Indian subcontinent, as well as from Penang and Sri Lanka. When Singapore was made a penal colony by the British in 1823, a few hundred Indian convicts were brought in to help with the work of civil construction.

Lately there have been some discussions on an integrated model. Azhar and Varma (1995) advocated the use of a mixture of cognitive and religious therapy for pathological bereavement and depressed patients. The approach seemed to have significant therapeutic effects with Malays from very religious backgrounds. Different ongo-ing attempts have been made to integrate therapy from an Islamic perspective. Several papers on the various approaches were presented at the Sixth Conference on Islamic Counseling in August, 1996 in Kuala Lumpur.

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