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Author Pettersson C.
Title Psychological well-being, improved self-confidence, and social capacity: bibliotherapy from a user perspective
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Pettersson C.; Psychological well-being, improved self-confidence, and social capacity: bibliotherapy from a user perspective ;Journal of Poetry Therapy vol:31 issue: 2.0 page:124.0

Keywords Creative bibliotherapy; fiction; psychological illness; psychological well-being; user-centered bibliotherapy
Link to article https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85043312676&doi=10.1080%2f08893675.2018.1448955&partnerID=40&md5=17867dc81cf622b6fd20e19fe5fa6df1
Abstract This article in the field of bibliotherapy investigates how participation in a reading circle can contribute to psychological well-being in people with mental illness such as long-term depression and anxiety. The perspective employed is user-centered and focused on the users’ statements about their health and well-being. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the study which the article is based on, showed that participants had short-term improved psychological well-being after participating in a guided reading circle. Interviews clarified that their social well-being had been positively influenced in various ways, including greater self-confidence and increased social interaction. The choice of–short stories and poetry–was significant to the positive results achieved by the participants, as were the discussions about the texts, the presence of a circle leader with good leadership qualities, and the opportunity to be included in a group whose membership remained constant throughout the series of sessions. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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