Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 11-18-2014

School

School of Education

Major

Education: Elementary/Middle; Education: Special Education

Keywords

Mental Illness, Schools, Bibliotherapy, Inclusion, Education

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Special Education and Teaching | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The prevalence of adolescent mental illness has increased at an alarming rate over the past two decades. Due to a lack of accessible mental health care and the stigmatization of mental illness, parents of children with these disorders are often reluctant to seek help. These children often resort to negative self-coping methods among which include substance abuse, violence, and suicide. These negative self-coping methods have a harmful, lasting impact on the individual as well as the surrounding community.

Bibliotherapy, which harnesses the meditative power of books, can teach helpful coping skills to students with mental illness. When effectively utilized in the classroom, teachers can provide therapeutic strategies for students with mental illness. This leads to a healthier classroom environment for the student, their facilitators, and their peers.