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ERIC Number: EJ1065019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
With or without a Therapist: Self-Help Reading for Mental Health
McLean, Scott
Health Education Journal, v74 n4 p442-457 Jul 2015
Objective: To address a critical gap in health education scholarship by exploring the contexts in which self-help reading takes place, the motivations of self-help readers and the processes through which such readers engage with books on mental health. Design: Structured, in-depth interviews conducted with participants recruited through online classified advertisements. Setting: Self-help readers were recruited from the four largest cities in western Canada. The setting of self-help reading as an "intervention" was as natural as possible, with readers being asked to reflect upon their recent experience of reading a self-help book. Method: Qualitative interviews conducted with 45 readers. Interview transcripts were analysed thematically. Results: Illustrative narratives are provided for two categories of readers: those who read in conjunction with direct therapeutic intervention and those who read without input from a therapist. Findings within both categories indicate a high level of diversity in terms of contexts, motivations and experiences. Conclusion: Understanding the diversity of readers and their experiences is an important prerequisite for health educators wishing to develop a critical and responsible approach to positioning self-help literature within the broader range of approaches to promoting mental health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada