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A form of supportive psychotherapy in which carefully selected reading materials are used to assist a subject in solving personal problems or for other therapeutic purposes.


the use of reading as therapy


(ˌbɪb li oʊˈθɛr ə pi)

the use of books and other reading materials as an enhancing adjunct to therapy.
bib`li•o•ther`a•peu′tic (-ˈpyu tɪk) adj.
bib`li•o•ther′a•pist, n.


Psychiatry. the therapeutic use of books and magazines in the treatment of mental illness or shock. — bibliotherapist, n. — bibliotherapeutic, adj.
See also: Remedies
the therapeutic use of reading material in the treatment of nervous diseases. — bibliotherapist, n. — bibliotherapeutic, adj.
See also: Books
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The project also plans to reconstruct book collections and offer bibliotherapy, socio-psychological support and stress relief via unique reading-related activities.
The article, " Treating Nighttime Fears in Young Children with Bibliotherapy," points out that nighttime fears can create major bedtime problems.
Similar to the way in which Bibliotherapy has been used to assist the personal developmental and therapeutic needs of clients (Marrs, 1995), the emergence of social media offers an endless supply of advocacy narratives (Haller, 2010).
Irfon wants the money he raised to pay for a special counselling room at Ysbyty Gwynedd with a bibliotherapy section offering books and guidance for people on how to look after their own mental health; pay for wigs for anybody who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy and to pay for complimentary therapy for patients.
AN International Bibliotherapy Conference hosted by Kirklees Council attracted a group of library specialists from Sweden.
The Gift of the Ladybug" is a masterful example of bibliotherapy, beautifully presented.
Controlled trials have demonstrated the benefit of bibliotherapy for such mental health concerns as depression (Cuijpers, 1997; Scogin, Jamison, & Gochneaur, 1989); alcohol problems (Apodaca & Miller, 2003); anxiety (Bower, Richards, & Lovell, 2001); and sexual dysfunction (Marrs, 1995).
The treatment group manual (entitled "Discovering God") was designed to help individuals within the Christian tradition to experience God in a manner more congruent with their cognitive understanding and included psychoeducational, dynamic-interpersonal, cognitive interventions, bibliotherapy, and art/music interventions (also used in a pilot study by Thomas et al.
In this light-hearted guide for bibliophiles, art teacher Berthoud and writing teacher Elderkin, who together run a bibliotherapy service in London, recommend contemporary and classic novels to counteract a host of physical, emotional, and mental ailments, from hemorrhoids to cancer, and from vanity to 21st century malaise.
Previous research has investigated the use of bibliotherapy to address preservice teacher mathematics anxiety (Wilson & Thornton, 2008; Wilson, 2009).
The curative power of the written word is at the heart of bibliotherapy, but can books really help us get better?