The Impact of Modernization on Indian Families: The Counselling Challenge



India has the distinction of evolving one of the longest continuing civilization in the world, which is constantly adapted itself to the changing political and socio-economic contents and specific watershed events in her history. Her family system has proved to be a remarkable stable unit of society which has shown great flexibility and adaptability in the phase of rapid social changes. This paper briefly traces the past taken by India in the modernization process, then analyzes the impact of social change of family structure, functions, roles, relationships and status of its members and its relationship with kinship system. Lastly, it draws implications for counseling interventions based on the changing needs of contemporary Indian Families.


impact of modernization social change modern Indian families contemporary Indian counsellor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family and Child WelfareTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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