Effectiveness of Bibliotherapy
Bibliotherapy is self-help based on reading or viewing videos. The research on this page consists of studies comparing the effectiveness of reading a book versus seeing a therapist for dealing with anxiety and depression. The results of these studies indicate that bibliotherapy can be as effective as seeing a therapist for many problems.
Apodaca, T. & Miller, W. (2003). A meta‐analysis of the effectiveness of
bibliotherapy for alcohol problems. J Clin Psychol. 59: 289–304.
Bilich, L., Deane,F., Phipps, A., Barisic, M. & Gould, G. (2008).
Effectiveness of bibliotherapy self‐help for depression with varying
levels of telephone helpline support. Clinical Psychology &
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Evans, K. (1999). Manual-assisted cognitive-behaviour therapy (MACT): a
randomized controlled trial of a brief intervention with bibliotherapy
in the treatment of recurrent deliberate self-harm. Psychol Med.
Floyd, M., Scogin, F., McKendree-Smith, N. Floyd, D. & Rokke, P. (2004).
Bibliotherapy for depressed older adults. Behavior Modification, 28(2),
Frieswijk N, Steverink N, Buunk B, & Slaets J. (2006). The effectiveness of
a bibliotherapy in increasing the self-management ability of slightly to
moderately frail older people. Patient Educ Couns. 61(2):219-227.
Jamison, C. & Scogin, F. (1995). The outcome of cognitive bibliotherapy
with depressed adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,
Joling, K. (2011). How effective is bibliotherapy for very old adults with
subthreshold depression? A randomized controlled trial. Am J Geriatr
Kirupa, P., Preetham, R. & Srinivasa, B. (2015). A pilot trial: Effectiveness
of bibliotherapy on quality of life, psychological distress and
depression among patients with chronic leg and foot ulcers in
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Lidren, Donna M.,Watkins, Patti Lou,Gould, Robert A.,Clum, George A.,
Asterino, M. & Tulloch, H. (1994). A comparison of bibliotherapy and
group therapy in the treatment of panic disorder. Journal of
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Community Psychology. 23: 843-870.