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

Examples of bibliotherapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trend toward bibliotherapy -- a strategy of seeking books that aid you through difficult times and aspects of your life -- is starting to catch on. David G. Allan, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 My first inclination was to run to a local bookstore and engage in some bibliotherapy. Mark Travers, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Bhat, for instance, points to the practice of bibliotherapy, the use of books to improve one’s mental health. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 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, 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2012 See More

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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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 bibliotherapy (audio) \ adjective


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