In the past twenty years, the number of hikikomori have drastically increased; a sample community within Japan estimated that approximately 1.2% of the population consisted of hikikomori (Li and Wong 596). Some experts have estimate...
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...tric disorder (Teo and Gaw 446).
While a common diagnosis for hikikomori has yet to be reached, the social demand within Japan’s culture has led to an increase in the number of “socially withdrawn” adolescents (Grisafe par.16). Similar to how anorexia is prevalent in Asia, the possibility of hikikomori becoming recognized within western societies is possible (Furlong 323). Interactions within society through education, family and the workplace have become major determinates for the development of the syndrome. Whether these problems will be addressed to decrease the growing number of hikikomori is uncertain; however, it will unquestionably continue to increase in the future. While some evidence exists that certifies hikikomori as a culture-bound syndrome, a certified approval as yet been reached due to the inability of psychiatrists to distinctly define hikikomori.
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