The Effects of Bibliotherapy on the Bullying Behaviors of Adolescents
Van Batavia, Angela
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Bullying has no racial, ethnic, gender, or socioeconomic boundaries. Many students are victims to bullying while in school and often experience detrimental effects. Other students take an active part in bullying; these students often face difficulties with authority when they are older. This thesis examined the effects that bibliotherapy has on adolescent bullying behaviors. Participants read and discussed literature focused on the negative aspects of bullying. This is a between-group study focusing on the three different fifth-grade classes in an elementary school. The lesson plan format and technology resources for both groups were identical. The differences in the study include the literature used and student assignments. After completion of the bibliotherapy lessons, students in both groups completed a 12-question bullying survey. Findings suggest that students who participated in bibliotherapy that focused on the detriments of bullying exhibited less bullying behaviors than students who took part in regular library lessons.