Department of Social Work
Social work with youth in social withdrawal: In-home and beyond-home intervention modalities
This article discusses the characteristics and the process of in-home and beyond-home social work intervention with young people suffering from social withdrawal in the form of chronic self-seclusion at home. These young people are characterized by their socially avoidant behaviour and are deprived of the enjoyment of legitimate social status as a student, worker or trainee. As a way of confronting this problem, 'start where the client is' - an age-old social work intervention principle - can be read in a literal sense, i.e. taking home as a secure place for rapport-building and initial intervention with the clients to pave the way for further intervention beyond the home setting, both online and offline. Drawing on qualitative interviews with youth clients and social workers, it is argued that adopting a flexible, informal and tailor-made approach to working with youth in silent and invisible disengagement from the rest of society has to take into consideration spatial, relational and organizational dimensions of intervention modalities and possibilities if the goal of youth reengagement is to be achieved. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
beyond-home intervention, hikikomori, in-home intervention, informality, social withdrawal, youth
Source Publication Title
China Journal of Social Work
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Wong, Victor. "Social work with youth in social withdrawal: In-home and beyond-home intervention modalities." China Journal of Social Work 7.2 (2014): 161-174.