Self-guided Bibliotherapy: A Case Study of a Taiwanese Doctoral Student

By Ching-Huang Wang, Yi-Wen Chen and Tian-You Wu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The purpose of the study was to qualitatively investigate the process by which a Taiwanese doctoral student majoring in Chinese Literature employed self-guided bibliotherapy to deal with his emotional difficulties related to identity conflicts. The sources of data collection included face-to-face interviews, transcripts of cell phone conversations, and bibliotherapeutic materials. The researchers analyzed these data using an analytical framework, The Model of the S-P-R-I-N-G Theory coined by Wang (Wang, Chang, & Chang, 2009), because the model can explicate the participant’s successful self-guided bibliotherapeutic journey. The results of the study facilitate a better understanding of the role self-guided bibliotherapy played in resolving a Taiwanese doctoral student’s life distress. It also presents an opportunity for educators to critically think about how to foster students’ self-guided mental energy on campus, such as in English reading and/or writing courses. Furthermore, interested researchers may conduct similar or further researches pertaining to self-guided bibliotherapy for the contribution of bibliotherapy practice, research, and theory.

Keywords: Self-guided Bibliotherapy, The Model of the S-P-R-I-N-G Theory, Literature

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.413-422. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.582KB).

Prof. Ching-Huang Wang

Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin, Taiwan

Ching-huang Wang, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan, is mainly engaged in research in TESOL, bibliotherapy, identity, critical literacy, and syllabus design.

Yi-Wen Chen

Graduate, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Taiwan

Tian-You Wu

Sophomore (2-Year Program), Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Taiwan


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