Document Type : Research Paper

Author

Van YYU

Abstract

Although bibliotherapy was defined as “healing through reading” in the past, when the developing technology and diversity of information resources in our present day are considered, it may be preferred to define it as “healing with knowledge” to make the definition more meaningful and comprehensive. The purpose of the present study was to inform the participants, increase their well-being, and protect them from potential problems when psychotherapy sessions were formed, and also to contribute to the development of the understanding of the participants that other people may have similar problems to some extent. In the context of these purposes, readings were made to ensure that the individuals reached peace and happiness, despite all the negations, losses, and problems in their lives, and to increase their strength and resistance. The pre-test, post-test, follow-up test, and repeated measurement experimental design was used in the study. According to the results of this study, it was found that the bibliotherapy-based psychoeducation program applied in the bibliotherapy group was significantly effective in reducing the depression levels, and this effect was permanent in the follow-up tests performed afterward. It was also seen that the bibliotherapy-based psychoeducation program was effective in increasing the happiness levels of the experimental group participants at significant levels, and this effect was permanent in the follow-up tests.

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