International experience of hikikomori prolonged social withdrawal and its relevance to psychiatric research

Marcus P.J. Tan, William Lee, Takahiro A. Kato

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Abstract

When prolonged social withdrawal was first described in Japan as 'hikikomori', many studies examining its etiology suggested it to be related to factors unique to Japan and thus a culture-bound syndrome. However, existing research has suffered from a lack of standardised definitions, impeding comparability between studies. We summarise existing research and discuss its relevance to psychiatric practice today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-37
Number of pages4
JournalBJPsych International
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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