Document Type

Journal Article

Department/ Unit

Department of Social Work

Abstract

This paper is vested with the purpose of critically discussing the defining features of social withdrawal by drawing references from studies in Hong Kong and Japan in particular. With the use of empirical data, the practice implications for working with young people in acute social withdrawal are examined with specific reference to the four defining features, namely, time, place, social relations and social status. It is argued that unless the defining features and the implied directions for measures and practice are thoroughly addressed, personal troubles and social ills that give rise to the downward spiral of withdrawal as a personal experience and social phenomenon cannot be broken.

Publication Year

2009

Journal Title

Journal of Social Work Practice

Volume number

23

Issue number

3

Publisher

Routledge

First Page (page number)

337

Last Page (page number)

352

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1080/02650530903102692

ISSN (print)

0265-0533

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650530903102692

Keywords

social withdrawal, hikikomori, young people, adolescent mental health, social exclusion

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Social Work Commons

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