ERIC Number: ED170695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Helping Young Children Cope with Separation: A Bibliotherapeutic Approach.
Bernstein, Joanne E.
Adults who wish to help children come to terms with loss from death, divorce, and other separations have a good ally in books. While not a complete cure, bibliotherapy can help children cope with loss by engaging the emotions and freeing them for conscious and productive use. Numerous books have appeared for children to read, enjoy, and use in coping with life's difficulties, offering the following: an opportunity to identify with others; a private environment to rehearse solutions; enhancement of feelings of belonging; information about the stages of mourning; vicarious experience of others' problems; and insight into loss experiences. Specific suggestions for the adult include the following: read the book first for scope, nature, quality, and appropriateness for age, interests, and reading levels; examine one's own attitudes toward loss; arrange for workshop discussions among other adults of the proposed books to determine whether they are fit for home or for library, whether they are morally or religiously offensive, whether they could be read with a class, and whether they are too frightening or graphic. (A list of children's books for use in bibliotherapy for loss is included.) (DF)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Parents and Reading Conference (3rd, New York, New York, February 1978)