Mr X is a 40-year-old man who has spent half his life—the past 20 years—barely able to leave his room in his parents’ house. For many years aside from attending a monthly outpatient appointment he was asleep while everyone else in his household was awake. And while they slept he was up: whiling away time with computer games and online shopping—the latter at one point costing the family the equivalent of many thousands of pounds.
“In Japan today, many young people are disconnecting themselves from society. They have come to be known as hikikomori (recluses), or more formally shakaiteki (social) hikikomori. Though their existence is widely recognized, their true situation is still far from being generally understood. They all have different backgrounds and circumstances and have withdrawn from society for different reasons. So, what can we say about this disparate group?
First, a definition: Hikikomori are individuals who (1) do not work or attend educational institutions, (2) are not considered to have a mental disorder, but (3) have remained at home for six months or longer without interacting personally with anyone outside their families. The third point is the most important. These people have no friends and are isolated from society, even though they may be living in the middle of a teeming city.
Some say … open access on nippon.com
This is an evaluation study of a pilot multicomponent program with animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for socially withdrawn youth with or without mental health problems in Hong Kong.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 Decreased level of social anxiety, and increased levels of perceived employability and self-esteem across two withdrawn groups were observed.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.
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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.