Booked for theWeek: A Survey of the Use of Bibliotherapy by Licensed Clinical Social Workers

  • Rich Vodde
  • Danny R. Dixon
  • Martha M. Giddings
Keywords: Bibliotherapy, self-help, clinical socialwork, behavior change


Despite its general acceptance, there has been no research exploring the actual use of bibliotherapy by Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs). This study sought to determine the extent to which LCSWs, represented by a random sample from one state, used bibliotherapy for specific problems, identified relevant variables that influence bibliotherapy use,and compiled a list of books currently used by respondents. Results suggest that bibliotherapy is used for numerous specific problems and LCSW endorsement of bibliotherapy by LCSWs is similar to that of respondents in other disciplines. Unlike studies involving other disciplines, LCSW usage patterns were not related to gender and less related to employment settings.