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Asked 26th Jun, 2015

Can bibliotherapy be useful for reducing adolescent aggression?

Charleston massacre and other massacres seem to indicate increasing aggression among adolescences. In this regard, i just found a bopok by Zipora Schechtman on treating aggression with bibliotherapy.
Can bibliotherapy be useful for reducing adolescent aggression? What do you think? Your comments are welcome.

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3rd Jul, 2015
Abigail Olubola Taiwo
University of Wolverhampton
Many issues must be considered before choosing bibliotherapy as a choice for reducing adolescent aggression. While it may be cost effective and widely applied to the problem, the major issue is whether people are actually familiar with bibliotherapy in the first place. In a study we conducted recently, many young people reported that they have no knowledge of bibliotherapy. Where to start from will be whether these adolescents knows what bibliotherapy is and how it works. Then, Terrence Patterson's comments above should also be considered as an important issue. His query of whether they can activate sufficiently to engage with this method is very valid. 
This is not to say that the whole idea be thrown away as it is better to start from somewhere than to do nothing at all about a problem.

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26th Jun, 2015
Fabrizio Rossi
Gugliemo Marconi University
 I think so. Very often the adolescents live in a "virtual world" (perhaps due also to technology - social network, etc.) and get lost the sense of the real life. I think that many issues should be treated with caution, such as the issue of immigration, the power of money, and other social issues. In this way, adolescents may capture the wrong messages.
26th Jun, 2015
Fabrizio Rossi
Gugliemo Marconi University
Dear Victor, your question is very interesting. 
27th Jun, 2015
Victor Christianto
University of New Mexico
@Fabrizio: thank you for your comment. Best wishes
30th Jun, 2015
Ahmad Jazimin Jusoh
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
Christiato; I think so. I'm familiar with Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. Bibliotherapy usually can be used client self reflection.
1st Jul, 2015
Terence Patterson
University of San Francisco
This appears to be an an evidence-based issue. Based on learning theory, in  psychotherapy we consider the perceptual style of our clients in selecting treatment methods. Some will benefit from a more visual approach, others are more visceral or tactile, and others more auditory or cognitive. For those we prescribe bibliotherapy, whether virtual or analog, we need to determine whether they typically learn well that way and more fundamentally, whether they can activate sufficiently to engage with this method.
2nd Jul, 2015
Ahmad Jazimin Jusoh
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
Agreed with Patterson, but must refer to counseling or psychology theoretical background.
3rd Jul, 2015
Michael Nosbisch
Walden University
Timothy D. Wilson has written a nice little book "Redirect, Changing the Stories We Live By" which deals with the use of bibliography and other interventions geared toward story-editing in adolescence.
3rd Jul, 2015
Abigail Olubola Taiwo
University of Wolverhampton
Many issues must be considered before choosing bibliotherapy as a choice for reducing adolescent aggression. While it may be cost effective and widely applied to the problem, the major issue is whether people are actually familiar with bibliotherapy in the first place. In a study we conducted recently, many young people reported that they have no knowledge of bibliotherapy. Where to start from will be whether these adolescents knows what bibliotherapy is and how it works. Then, Terrence Patterson's comments above should also be considered as an important issue. His query of whether they can activate sufficiently to engage with this method is very valid. 
This is not to say that the whole idea be thrown away as it is better to start from somewhere than to do nothing at all about a problem.

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