ERIC Number: ED450328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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A Humanistic Approach towards Family Interaction: An Implication to Mental Health and Caring Society.
Harun, Lily Mastura Hj.
In an effort to develop stability in a community's mental health and establish a resilient and caring society, work must begin with the family itself. This paper discusses the dimensions and types of family interactions prevalent among the Malay families in Malaysia. An integration of the humanistic, systemic, and Islamic approaches form the main theoretical framework for these interactions. A model was constructed based on two dimensions, the family-centeredness and actualization dimensions. These two dimensions produced three family types: self-centered, self-family-centered, and family-centered. The self-centered family type is characterized by selfish family members; the family-centered family type is characterized by martyrs. These two types of family interactions would hypothetically place family members at risk. Too much thinking about one's self or one's family would jeopardize mental health within the family and later manifest to the society. It is proposed that these two aspects be in equilibrium. Balance is needed between caring for one's family and caring for one's self. In this way mental health can be maintained and the factors are in place to create a caring society. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 63 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia