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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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The use of books and literature to help patients identify and transcend emotional problems
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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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So whether you need Bronte to mend your broken heart or Hemingway to purge your pessimism, bibliotherapy may offer some novel solutions to your problems.
The researchers concluded, 'Bibliotherapy appears to be effective in the reduction of depressive symptoms in the long term, and could be an affordable treatment that reduces the need for medications.
Although the term bibliotherapy was coined in 1916, the use of written material to treat emotional distress dates back centuries.
All four books under review here grapple with the problem of having highly realistic trauma be followed by unrealistic conclusions, prompting us to ask whether they are meant to be fictive representations of the multiplicity of childhood and adolescence or whether they offer bibliotherapy for particular groups of young people who have experienced these issues themselves.
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.
There is a long history of seeking to extend mental health benefits through written self-help "bibliotherapy" materials and more recently computer-based interventions (Christensen, Miller, & Munoz, 1978; Glasgow & Rosen, 1978; Munoz et al., 2006).
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.
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.