ERIC Number: ED351638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-5
Culturally Relevant Bibliotherapy: Meeting the Needs of Minority Children.
Schliebner, Connie T.
Historically, ethnic minorities have been represented at the bottom of the economic and social order putting minority children and adolescents particularly at risk for psychological disorders and behavioral problems. As the population of minority youth increases it becomes clear that there is a need for educational and therapeutic interventions that are culturally relevant for this population. Minority families often exert strong pressures on members not to reveal personal matters to "strangers" or to "outsiders." It has been suggested that the therapeutic tool of bibliotherapy be considered an innovative approach for working with children who may perceive "talk therapy" as threatening. When using bibliotherapy with minority clients, it is necessary to select culturally relevant books that reflect the reader's experiences and provide models that promote identification. Providing books that reflect a child's worldview, similar family structures, environments, and language, and that portray ethnic pride will assist in providing culturally sensitive bibliotherapy. The counselor can use bibliotherapy in individual or group settings. Books can help children cope with many of life's problems. Through bibliotherapy, readers can see themselves as aligned with characters, situations, and experiences that give them a sense they are not alone. (A list of books which focuses on African American, American Indian, Asian, and Hispanic ethnic/racial groups is included. Approximate reading levels by age are noted with key descriptors of the subject.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
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