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Bibliotherapy : practice and research

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by S Jack, Kevin RonanKevin Ronan
Recent years have witnessed an upsurge in the therapeutic use of books. With its initial roots in psychodynamic theory, available models emphasize features of the relationship between the personality of a reader and the cognitive and affective experience offered through literature. This article explores the historical development of bibliotherapy focusing on its use in therapeutic practice and associated research. The current authors suggest that the field of bibliotherapy is in need of development with regard to more methodologically stringent forms of validation, notwithstanding meta-analytic findings in some areas. Additionally, coherent taxonomies and theory-driven practice models are particularly needed to underpin increased rigor in answering scholarly questions. With these caveats in mind, and in light of findings in recent years, bibliotherapy does hold promise as a useful adjunct for the busy practitioner and client. Highlighted throughout the article are the suggested benefits of bibliotherapy as well as a call for practitioners to consider the value of pragmatic evaluation of bibliotherapy within the context of managing their own local practice.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

29

Issue

2

Start Page

161

End Page

182

Number of Pages

22

ISSN

0143-0343

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Social Science Research; Massey University; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

School psychology international.