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PS26P-07-301

How do people with hikikomori describe connectedness to society and family? : Focusing on the time of occurrence

[Speaker] Koshi, Megumi:1
[Co-author] Aoki, Kikuyo:1, Yatsuda, Masako:1, Iwafuji, Hiromi:1
1:Ochanomizu University (Japan)

Given recent overseas attention to hikikomori, and findings on related factors such as connectedness, we examined the features of connectedness among people with hikikomori through comparison of two groups: people who began withdrawal during school years and people who began withdrawal during their transition to society (when they were 18-29 years old). Participants were 332 users of an email-based public mental health service. We analyzed the content of participants' emails and classified it into categories of time of occurrence of their withdrawal, level participation in social activities, and quality of relationship with family. The result of correspondence analysis indicated that people who began withdrawal during their transition to society were more likely to go out, work occasionally, and tended to interact with family without difficulty. However, they also felt guilt towards their family. The meaning of our focus on the time of occurrence was discussed.
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