A Closer Look at Bibliotherapy

Jones, Jami L.
October 2006
Young Adult Library Services;Fall2006, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p24
The article offers a closer look on the nature and the significance of bibliotherapy, the use of books to help people solve problems. In a more precise meaning, it is a family of technique for organizing interaction between a facilitator and a participant based on mutual sharing of literature. The idea of healing through books is not a new one, it can be drew far back in history, from the days of the first libraries in Greece. The use of books in healing, however, has been interpreted differently by classical scholars, physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, parents, teachers, librarians, and counselors. There is, in fact, confusion in determining the dividing line between reading guidance and bibliotherapy. Other significant views and analyses of the authors are presented.


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