Self-Guided Bibliotherapy for the Purge of Bereavement

By Ching-Huang Wang and Mei-chen Yueh.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The purpose of the study was to qualitatively scrutinize the process by which a middle-aged Taiwanese woman employed self-guided bibliotherapy to alleviate her bereavement over her younger brother’s suicide. The data sources included face-to-face, MSN and Skype interviews, self-help bibliotherapeutic materials, the participant’s written works, mind-mapping and member checking. The researchers took stock of these data, using a conceptual framework, the model of the A-B-C theory by Ellis (Corey, 1996), which can describe how the participant moved on by dint of self-guided bibliotherapy. This study facilitates a better understanding of the effectiveness and importance of self-guided bibliotherapy in daily life. Pedagogically speaking, educators and school counselors may utilize bibliotherapy to boost students’ bibliotherapeutic energy and offer the resources available to them, the current or the future. Moreover, interested researchers may work on further studies related to bibliotherapy in normal teaching contexts.

Keywords: The Model of A-B-C Theory, Self-Guided Bibliotherapy, Literature

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.107-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 745.391KB).

Prof. Ching-Huang Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin, Taiwan

With the help of my co-chairs, Dr Harste and Dr Pugh, I got my Ph D degree after defending my dissertation in the winter of 2002, entitled “Self-Guided bibliotherapeutic experiences related to identity issues : Case studies of Taiwanese graduate students in American university settings.” I have been enjoying my teaching and pleased with my students since I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University in February of 2003, and I have been learning administration since I was Director of the Language Teaching Center at the university in February of 2005. The research I have been engaged in includes bibliotherapy, identity, critical literacies, course activities, and syllabus design. In addition to teaching, I like to play sports like table tennis, present in conferences on education and humanities, and write articles for publication.

Mei-chen Yueh

College Student, Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Formosa University, Yun-lin, Taiwan

Yueh Mei-chen, junior in the department of Power Mechanical Engineering at National Formosa University, is mainly engaged in research in art therapy and micro-conductor.


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