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Hidden Youth and the Virtual World : The Process of Social Censure and Empowerment (Hardcover) (Gloria

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This book examines the phenomenon of 'hidden youth' or hikikomori as they are originally known in Japan. Many people have labelled these hidden youth as ‘problematic’, ‘failure’, or simply ‘addicted to the Internet’. Through contact via the Internet, these hidden youth have shown a good mastery of capabilities in the virtual world and other areas, though these skills are not highly valued by society. This book uncovers the truth about hidden youth – the causes, coping strategies, power relations between them and adults in society, and their relationship with the virtual world. It serves as a key to the full understanding of hidden youth, and will appeal to the interest of both academics and practitioners alike. This is a particularly useful volume to researchers in child and adolescent psychology, clinical psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, school psychology and social work; as well as youth workers, school counsellors and mental health professionals.

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