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Hikikomori Questionnaire

Feeling hopeless and spending prolonged periods in your room? Take this test to find out if you're experiencing 'Hikikomori Syndrome.'

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | April 01, 2024

The term "Hikikomori," derived from "hiki" meaning "to withdraw" and "komori" meaning "to be inside," was coined by Japanese Professor Tamaki Saito in 1998. Individuals with Hikikomori syndrome experience challenges in face-to-face communication, extreme social withdrawal, and difficulties in connecting with others. This condition not only prevents them from leaving their room, but also exacerbates feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, confidence, and their belief in their ability to be a useful part of society.

Recognizing and assessing levels of social withdrawal is crucial. Hikikomori is often associated with mental health issues, making it vital to seek support and appropriate interventions tailored to address the unique needs of each individual.

The Hikikomori Questionnaire is a widely recognized tool for assessing the extent of extreme social withdrawal in people across cultures. It serves as a reliable self-report measure specifically designed to accurately evaluate hikikomori tendencies.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Over the last 6 months, how accurately do the following statements describe you?

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Teo, A. R., Chen, J. I., Kubo, H., Katsuki, R., Sato‐Kasai, M., Shimokawa, N., Hayakawa, K., Umene‐Nakano, W., Aikens, J. E., Kanba, S., & Kato, T. A. (2018). Development and validation of the 25‐item Hikikomori Questionnaire. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 72(10). 780–788.

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