Traumatic dimensions of hikikomori: a Foucauldian note (TAJAN 2017, Asian Journal of Psychiatry)

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Highlights

  • Acute social withdrawal (hikikomori) is an epidemic in Japan.
  • There are three traumatic dimensions of hikikomori survivors: the trigger of bullying, the traumatic effects of social isolation, and family trauma.
  • Hikikomori is a struggle inside the home and outside social institutions, against the contemporary practices of the mental health field.

Hikikomori: The Japanese Cabinet Office’s 2016 Survey of Acute Social Withdrawal

Abstract 

In September 2016, the Cabinet Office of Japan published the results of an epidemiological survey focusing on acute social withdrawal (hikikomori). This article summarizes and assesses the major features of the survey. It aims at facilitating research and international exchanges on a mental health and social problem affecting at least 541,000 people in Japan that seems to have spread to industrialized societies.

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