Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention with Animal-Assisted Therapy for Socially Withdrawn Youths in Hong Kong (Wong et al. 2017)

Abstract

This is an evaluation study of a pilot multicomponent program with animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for socially withdrawn youth with or without mental health problems in Hong Kong. There were fifty-six participants. Decreased level of social anxiety, and increased levels of perceived employability and self-esteem across two withdrawn groups were observed. When comparing those who did and did not receive the AAT component(s), however, AAT did not seem to have additional impacts on outcomes. The qualitative data collected through interviews with ten participants reflected that

the AAT component was attractive because the nonhuman animals made them feel respected and loved. This pilot study showed that a multicomponent program with a case management model correlated with increased levels of self-esteem and perceived employability, and a decreased level of social interaction anxiety. In addition, using nonhuman animals in a social service setting appears to be a good strategy to engage difficult-to-engage young people.

 

Society & animals (2017) 1-14

http://www.brill.com/society-animals

 

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Assessing adaptive behaviors of individuals with hikikomori (9.2017)

ABSTRACT

It is important to appropriately assess the adaptive behaviors of individuals with hikikomori (IWH) using parent reports. However, currently, there is no gold standard in the assessment of adaptive behaviors of IWH. This study aimed to: (1) develop the Adaptive Behaviors Scale for Hikikomori (ABS-H); (2) examine the factor structure of the ABS-H; and (3) examine the reliability and validity of ABS-H. A factor analysis and item response theory (IRT) analysis were conducted using data from 761 parents. Reliability and validity of ABS-H were assessed using measures of severity of hikikomori, difficulty in social participation, extent of places where IWH were active, days on which IWH went out, duration of hikikomori and happiness about relationship with one’s child. A total of 26 items were selected and item-trait was examined from the IRT results. Factor analysis identified four group factors. Cronbach’s alpha was found to be .97. Criterion-referenced, convergent and discriminant validity of the instrument were satisfactory. This study suggests that the ABS-H is a reliable measure with acceptable criterion-referenced, convergent and discriminant validity. Further research is needed to clarify the extent to which the ABS-H is sensitive in capturing the changes in the features of hikikomori.

Shunsuke Nonaka, Hironori Shimada, and Motohiro Sakai

Génération #hikikomori disponible en ebook 28,99€

“Génération hikikomori” est désormais disponible en ebook 28,99€, sur le site de l’Harmattan (+ aperçu Google des premières pages).

L’ouvrage sera bientôt disponible en librairie, et sur Amazon sous 3 semaines.

http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=53919

Génération Hikikomori : J-10

Depuis les années 1990, un phénomène très particulier touche la population japonaise. Chaque année en effet, des centaines de milliers de personnes disparaissent. Appelé hikikomori, « retrait social », ce phénomène désigne des personnes qui, enfermées chez elles pendant plusieurs mois (au moins six mois), voire plusieurs années, se coupent du monde et n’ont plus aucune relation sociale.

Touchant essentiellement des individus entre 15 et 39 ans, le phénomène concernerait aujourd’hui près de 700 000 personnes, principalement des lycéens et des étudiants, mais également des employés et/ou des jeunes chercheurs d’emploi, qui n’arrivent pas à s’intégrer dans le monde qui les entoure. Dans une société ultra-organisée et codifiée et où prévaut le collectif sur l’individu, les hikikomori bouleversent l’idée d’un Japon uniforme : une « génération perdue » et longtemps mal comprise, mais qui, de plus en plus importante, suscite le débat et interroge une société japonaise en perte de repères.