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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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It appears that bibliotherapy can serve as a first line treatment for some problems before more intensive services, such as individual therapy, are tried.
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.
Whereas therapeutic writing can be relatively unstructured, interactive journaling (IJ) as a clinical tool combines elements of bibliotherapy (the presentation of therapeutic material) with structured reflective writing.
We surmise that assigned bibliotherapy with young college age students may not be as effective as it is with other populations due to the number of books they are already reading in their academic endeavors.
Better you than me": Mathematics anxiety and bibliotherapy in primary teacher professional learning.
You read that right - booksellers, libraries and ebook stores could be the place to help cure your ills and lift your spirits according to bibliotherapy.
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.
2002) all have explored helping children cope with difficult situations through bibliotherapy.
A two-day national level conference on various aspects of bibliotherapy, which is a part of the "Hope Libraries" project, will also aim on setting up small community libraries for children living in south Waziristan and Swat in Pakistan.
Under the new projects, children living in refugee camps in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan will benefit from the Long-term reading programmes for conflict/post conflict situations, while children living in South Waziristan, Swat, Pakistan, will benefit from the 'Hope Libraries' project which aims to set up small community children's libraries through organising a two-day National level conference on various aspects of bibliotherapy and setting up small community libraries.
I confess, when I first thought of attending a bibliotherapy session, I was sceptical.
Amy Mathers is a member of the Ontario Library Association and specializes in bibliotherapy and dystopian fiction.