Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 73–83 | Cite as

The Therapeutic Use of Reading: A Qualitative Study

  • Laura J. Cohen


This paper presents a qualitative study of therapeutic reading intended to provide understanding of the process underlying bibliotherapy. Using the Colaizzi (1978) method, interviews with eight participants were analyzed and the structure of the experience and characteristics of therapeutic reading identified. The structure of the experience of therapeutic reading was recognition of self evolving into ways of feeling and ways of knowing. The structure of the characteristics of therapeutic reading was intentional, relational and transporting.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura J. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Monmouth CollegeHowellUSA

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