Abstract

This study investigated the effect of bibliotherapy as an intervention for aggressive elementary children at a residential treatment center in the western United States. Bibliotherapy was provided for six children, three boys and three girls, ages 9 to 11, Caucasian and Hispanic, who took part in one of two groups. The study involved a multi-baseline design, beginning with a baseline phase, followed by two separate intervention phases comprised of eight sessions of bibliotherapy. Data gathered from almost daily observations along with pre- and post-intervention ratings of aggressive behaviors indicated that four of the six students demonstrated notable decreases in observed aggressive behaviors as well as decreases in teachers' ratings of aggression and/or social problems. Social validity for bibliotherapy as a viable and enjoyable intervention for aggressive behaviors was supported through interviews of students, teachers, and therapists. This study supports the potential for bibliotherapy to be a viable intervention to implement in the public school setting to decrease the observed aggressive behaviors of elementary school students.

Degree

EdS

College and Department

David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education

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Date Submitted

2015-09-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd8123

Keywords

aggression, bibliotherapy, children, intervention

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