ERIC Number: ED258077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Helping Children Cope with the Changing Family through Bibliotherapy.
Pardeck, John T.; Pardeck, Jean A.
Bibliotherapy has been used by the helping professions as a treatment technique for many years, and several studies suggest that it can be an effective treatment tool. In helping children who are experiencing difficulties, bibliotherapy treatment involves the child reading about others who have solved similar problems. An increasing number of American families are in a state of transition, and these changing family structures have presented unique problems for some children involved in the transition. Children in changing families may experience a sense of hostility, guilt, and anger; a diminished sense of belonging; a loss of security; and a loss of family income. Helping professionals working with these children should be sensitive to three major family trends affecting many children: divorce, single-parent families, and blended families. Currently, there are many excellent children's book available that deal with one or more of these changing family situations. By identifying those children who would benefit most from bibliotherapy, school social workers can help certain children attempting to cope with the family in transition. (A table is included which lists children's book titles that a practitioner may use for bibliotherapy with children involved with a family change.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Social Workers (New Orleans, LA, January 31-February 3, 1985).