In most emerging Countries, the “family’ acts as a safety net. In times of crisis, extended families traditionally get together, and help each other overcome that crisis. A similar situation occurred in Europe, and the USA before the boom years started in the 1950’s.
Our Societies have evolved greatly from the idea that the “Nuclear” family is the norm, when in reality single parent families have become more of a norm. Social security programs, legal equal rights for women in the workplace, have ensured that we were able to be independent, and relied on the government in times of need, instead of our families.