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  1. Greg A. R. Febbraro

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0126

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Febbraro, G. A. R. 2010. Bibliotherapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Counseling for Growth and Change, L.C., Windsor Heights, IA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Bibliotherapy is a self-help technique presented in the written format of a book or track. Although the term bibliotherapy can refer to the use of any literary work, including fiction and inspirational forms of literature, it typically involves the use of nonfiction books, manuals, or pamphlets that provide information while encouraging or guiding the person to make some type of change (Campbell & Scott, 2003). Bibliotherapy is currently the primary type of media-based (e.g., books, manuals, audiotapes, or some combination of these formats) self-help approach (Watkins, 2008).


  • bibliotherapy;
  • self-help treatment;
  • self-administered treatment