|Author(s)||Sang-Ah Park, M.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship|
This paper consists of the theoretical background and the outlines for the author’s current research, which focuses on the perception of family in different cultures. Individuals’ cultural environment has far-reaching influence on aspects of family indirectly by shaping the values and beliefs they hold. More importantly, culture and social change can have impact on individuals’ perceptions of the family, and it is important to note the impact they have on individuals’ family relationships in the present world where globalization and modernization have been taking place. Perceptions of the family, which include family importance and democratization, commitment to and dependence on the family, will be examined in different nations of South Korea, Japan, Canada, and England, where significant differences in cultural orientation, history, rates of economic development, and magnitudes of social change exist.