This literature review seeks to discover the impact and effect that bibliotherapeutic interventions can have on students who are experiencing grief, loss, and trauma in various forms. A literature review was created to synthesize the information from multiple studies and articles exploring the effects of bibliotherapy on individuals who have experienced trauma in the forms of death and bereavement, abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, natural disasters, terrorism, and acts of societal violence. Though there seems to be a shortage of research on effectiveness of bibliotherapy, the research that was found supports the idea that bibliotherapeutic interventions are beneficial for children and adolescents who have experienced grief, loss, and trauma. There is also support for school counselors to utilize bibliotherapeutic work in their interventions with students as it may help them to more openly communicate their experiences, identify proper coping skills, and instill in them the sense that they are not alone in their struggles.

Date of Award

Fall 12-7-2020

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Anquinetta Calhoun



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