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1. the reading of selected books as part of the treatment of mental disorders or for mental health.
2. in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the use of literature to enhance the expression of feelings and the gaining of insight.


/bib·lio·ther·a·py/ (bib″le-o-ther´ah-pe) the reading of selected books as part of the treatment of mental disorders or for mental health.


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.


a type of group therapy in which books, poems, and newspaper articles are read in the group to help stimulate thinking about events in the real world and to foster relations among group members.


a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as therapeutic use of literature to enhance expression of feelings, active problem solving, coping, or insight. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.
The use of books and literature to help patients identify and transcend emotional problems


Use of specific reading materials as therapeutic treatment in medicine and psychiatry.


The use of books (usually self-help or problem-solving works) to improve one's understanding of personal problems and/or to heal painful feelings.
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n use of books, stories, and/or poetry with the intention of affecting therapeutic change, or personal development. See also therapy, poetry.
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Perhaps the best example of bibliotherapy of the four books under review here, Jason's Why lacks character and plot development, favouring instead the inclusion but not the exploration of realistic traumas that some children suffer.
Bibliotherapy, the use of fiction and poetry to support positive outcomes, is becoming more popular in the UK and this year's International Bibliotherapy Conference was hosted by Kirklees Libraries and Information Centre.
This practice has had many names or been included in many practices, such as bibliotherapy, prescriptions for literature, information therapy, signposting, information prescription, and most recently InfoRx and Ix.
It is a useful tool for educators and effective bibliotherapy for teens dealing with similar issues to Andy.
I did not know it then, but I was practising bibliotherapy on myself.
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).
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.
The curative power of the written word is at the heart of bibliotherapy, but can books really help us get better?
Jennifer Davis Bowman's study examined parents' use of what's called bibliotherapy, which involves books with characters facing challenges similar to their reading audience, or books that have stories that can generate ideas for problem-solving activities and discussions.
I confess, when I first thought of attending a bibliotherapy session, I was sceptical.