One in three Piedmontese schools has at least one student who is “hikikomori” or at risk of being so. Young people who decide to literally withdraw from social life by locking themselves in their homes, without having any contact with the outside world. These are the results of the questionnaire on “social withdrawal” carried out by the regional school management
They step aside and choose voluntarily isolate you of the social context and the outside world. They are the “hikikomori”, the children who cannot be seen, because they like to stay locked in their room. There are many: according to the latest data from the national Hikikomori Italy Association, there are approximately 100 thousand young and very young people involved in this form of isolation in our country.
In Piedmont alone, of the 302 schools that responded to a survey conducted by the regional school office, 89 reported 149 “problem cases” related to social withdrawal: 37 students with signs of anticipation, 70 already absent for some time who have not have been formalized. him and 42 other people who said it. The largest number (42 cases) is concentrated in the third year of secondary education, with a predominance of the female sex in this age group.
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Therefore, one in three Piedmontese schools has at least one student who is “hikikomori” or who is at risk of being so.
Each case of social isolation is different, has its own characteristics, interventions must be individually calibrated, otherwise we risk getting worse – explains Stefano Suraniti, director of the regional school office, on the eve of the signing of a protocol with the Region of Piedmont, which offers bottom-up design work tables on this phenomenon.
Approximately half of the schools reported cases of interruption of attendance during the year, especially in the third and fourth grades, for various reasons: in 28% of the cases it was difficulty studyingin 13% of social retreat. The definition is: “student closed at home, avoiding contact with the outside world”. In middle SchoolHowever, in 40% of cases it is the psychological distress cause people to drop out of school (in 9% of cases it occurs after episodes of bullying).
Furthermore, 6 out of 10 children never return to class and those who do continue to have relationship and attendance problems. Meanwhile, in recent days in the Chamber of Deputies, motions regarding hikikomori have been voted and approved: both the majority and the opposition have stressed the importance of preventing and combating this situation.
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Source: Piedmont Regional School Office