Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1998

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Nancy E. Jurenka

Second Committee Member

Luetta Monson

Third Committee Member

Gail Goss


This project investigated literature related to the developmental concerns of middle school youth and the use of bibliotherapy. The purpose of this investigation was to gain a theoretical understanding of these developmental concerns and the related use of bibliotherapy as well as to discover instructional strategies for the use of bibliotherapy in the middle school classroom. The product of this investigation is a resource guide for the use of bibliotherapy with selected developmental concerns of middle school youth. A review of selected literature revealed that some developmental concerns of students at this age are adolescent changes, anger, drug/alcohol abuse, violence and crime, and sexual issues. A review of the literature also found that using literature dealing with these developmental concerns in the classroom can successfully aid students in dealing with and resolving these concerns. The resource guide offers an introduction to the use of bibliotherapy as well as takes the educator through the bibliotherapeutic process using specific selections and offering instructional material for each selection and theme.