bib·​lio·​ther·​a·​py | \ ˌbi-blē-ə-ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce bibliotherapy (audio) , -ˈthe-rə- \

Definition of bibliotherapy

: the use of reading materials for help in solving personal problems or for psychiatric therapy also : the reading materials so used

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Recent Examples on the Web Bhat, for instance, points to the practice of bibliotherapy, the use of books to improve one’s mental health. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Why it’s so hard to read in times of distress," 29 May 2020 Books can also be therapeutic, as Price points out in the chapter on bibliotherapy, which delves into a book prescription program launched in Wales in 2005. David Silverberg, Washington Post, "Looking at books as more than just vessels for information or entertainment," 5 Sep. 2019 The term bibliotherapy was first coined in 1916 by Samuel Crothers, a Unitarian minister who believed in prescribing books to help people deal with their troubles. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "8 Books to Read When You’re Stuck in a Rut at Work," 12 Apr. 2018 More recently, bibliotherapy has been incorporated into medical treatment programs for depression and other psychological disorders, with positive results. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "8 Books to Read When You’re Stuck in a Rut at Work," 12 Apr. 2018 Or that can be sought through bibliotherapy: book prescriptions custom-designed with your reading history, dilemmas, and desires in mind. Laura Grace Weldon, WIRED, "The School Of Life," 7 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of bibliotherapy

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Bibliotherapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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bib·​lio·​ther·​a·​py | \ -ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce bibliotherapy (audio) \
plural bibliotherapies

Medical Definition of bibliotherapy

: the use of selected reading materials as therapeutic adjuvants in medicine and in psychiatry also : guidance in the solution of personal problems through directed reading

Other Words from bibliotherapy

bibliotherapeutic \ -​ther-​ə-​ˈpyüt-​ik How to pronounce bibliotherapeutic (audio) \ adjective

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