ERIC Number: ED293101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
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The Effect of Bibliotherapy on the Self-Esteem of Sixth Graders.
Blake, Susan M.
A study tested the hypothesis that the self-esteem of a group of six sixth graders would be raised through the employment of a bibliotherapeutic program. Self-esteem was measured before and after the program by the "Culture-Free Self-Esteem Inventory for Children Form A." The subjects, who were from low, average, and above average reading groups, participated in independent silent reading, group oral reading, and group discussion of the children's novel "Shadow of a Bull" by Maia Wojciechowska. Forty-five minute meetings were held after school once a week for a six-week period. Results (a table of data is included) showed that while four students experienced gains, raising their posttest raw scores one to five points, one student experienced a decrease of two points, and another student's score was equivalent to that of the pretest. A comparison of the means of the pre- and posttest results shows that the study's hypothesis was supported by the modest, but not statistically significant, increase in scores. (An extensive review of related literature on bibliotherapy is included, 54 references, and students' pre- and posttest scores are attached.) (ARH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Note: Master's Thesis, Kean College.