Identifier

etd-11052015-152122

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

This case study, with four elementary school students as participants, examined the use of books and bibliotherapy when experiencing a traumatic incident. Utilizing fiction books, I explored how literature could be a powerful tool for overcoming life-altering events and circumstances, such as losing a pet, going through a divorce, or dealing with a grandparent who is suffering from Alzheimer's, with a bully in school, or the death of a loved one. Bibliotherapy could also be effective when used with individuals that stutter, children with dyslexia, and children coping with death or a parental mental illness. For this study, the data was collected through interviews, journals, and audio tapings. Analysis was completed using the grounded theory method. The participants were four students ages from seven to nine, from two elementary schools. The results indicated that literature as a medium was effective when used with children who were overcoming a specific emotional trauma.

Date

2015

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Sulentic Dowell, Margaret-Mary

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