John Libbey Eurotext

L'Information Psychiatrique


Social withdrawal of the young: a polymorphic phenomenon and dominant psychopathological factors. What are the answers? Volume 93, issue 4, Avril 2017

Hôpital Sainte-Anne, 46 boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris, France
* Correspondance
  • Key words: hikikomori, relational withdrawal, claustromania, psychopathology, adolescent, family, care management, home visit, clinical case
  • DOI : 10.1684/ipe.2017.1626
  • Page(s) : 275-82
  • Published in: 2017

Confinement was described as early as 1953 by Gayral as transnosological conduct, linked to a specific state of society. Today, a variety of situations are described. Based on written testimonies, the author synthetizes recurrent elements found among French social recluses, concerning the vision of themselves, others, the role of the Internet as well as family issues. Clinicians may find the same psychopathological dimensions that are most often found, including the fact that confinement appears to be a projective feature in adult clinical presentation. In the end, is there a model of therapeutical intervention that can be drawn on regarding home visiting intervention, family or individual medical consultation on the model of disaster mental health care?