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ERIC Number: ED166681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Bibliotherapy: An Overview.
Salup, Bernice J.; Szabo, Robert J.
Bibliotherapy--guidance in the solution of personal problems through selected reading--has medical, social, and educational applications. Ancient libraries bear inscriptions implying the recognition of the value of bibliotherapy. From the nineteenth century, medical and educational people have utilized bibliotherapy in working with a number of problems. However, even though bibliotherapy can be a great aid as a preventive measure and in personal problem solving and social adjustment, there are few bibliotherapy courses taught in colleges in the United States. In designing a course in bibliotherapy it must first be decided whether the course should be restricted to those in the medical field or broadened to include other professionals who have the necessary book knowledge, psychology, sensitivity, and awareness. A bibliotherapy course should follow certain principles: the theoretical aspects must be functionally developed, the practitioner must develop a familiarity with the literature to be recommended and with ways of using the techniques of suggestion and persuasion, the reading of literature must be followed by a discussion of its contents, and it must be realized that bibliotherapy is not a panacea nor an alternative to other good healing techniques. (A bibliography and suggestions for course content are included.) (TJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Study prepared at West Chester State College