Bibliotherapy: School Psychologists' Report of Use and Efficacy

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Brigham Young University - Provo

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Olsen, Marci A.
Brigham Young University - Provo
bibliotherapy; school psychologists; efficacy; survey; children; elementary; Counseling Psychology; Special Education and Teaching
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This study focused on the use of bibliotherapy by school psychologists. A survey was created and distributed to 119 registered and licensed school psychologists in Utah to obtain information on this topic. Forty-one percent returned a completed survey. Results indicated that bibliotherapy is used by 82% of the participants in the study, and 31 of 34 (91%) use bibliotherapy with children grades K-6. Topics most used with bibliotherapy included self-esteem, bullying, divorce, anxiety, and grief. Efficacy varied depending on the topic of bibliotherapy. However, school psychologists regarded bibliotherapy across all topics to be very effective to effective.