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