Two of Dr. Matt Bowker’s papers, with co-authors J.C. Bowker (SUNY at Buffalo) and A.A. Ojo (University of Lagos), will be presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) in Vilnius, Lithuania, July 10th – 14th, 2016.

“An Investigation of Hikikomori During Late Adolescence in Lagos, Nigeria” and “Perceptions of Social Withdrawal During Late Adolescence in Lagos, Nigeria” explore, for the first time, correlates, concomitants, and perceptions of hikikomori, or extreme and long-lasting social withdrawal, in Lagos, Nigeria, the largest (most populous) city in Africa.

Findings challenge long-held beliefs that hikikomori is culturally unique to Japan and that it is best classified as a “culture-bound syndrome.” Rather, the data suggest that a rate of hikikomori roughly equivalent to that of urban areas in Japan may be found in Lagos, raising questions about the psychological, social, and political forces affecting the behavior, as well as the need for international scholarly and clinical collaboration in addressing the psychologically (and, often, socially and financially) devastating phenomenon.

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