Bibliotherapy as an adjunct to psychotherapy for depression in older adults

Mark Floyd

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Bibliotherapy, reading a self-help book for the treatment of psychological problems, has been shown to be effective as a "stand-alone" treatment for depression. Many practitioners recommend self-help books as an adjunct to treatment. This article offers some guidelines for the use of bibliotherapy as an adjunct to individual psychotherapy with depressed older adults. Two clinical cases demonstrate how bibliotherapy can be used effectively in conjunction with individual psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003


  • Adjunctive treatments
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Depression
  • Psychotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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