Using Culturally Affirming, Thematically Appropriate Bibliotherapy to Cope with Trauma

Pearl E. Stewart, Gwendolyn Parker Ames

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Hurricane Katrina created a variety of issues that tested the resilience of families and children who were forced to relocate. This article describes the use of culturally affirming, thematically appropriate bibliotherapy as part of a long-term program to assist a group of elementary school aged African-American children cope with feelings of anxiety, displacement, and loss. This intervention provided a medium through which the participants could explore issues of isolation and the loss of their homes, family structures and a sense of security, while also providing academic and social supports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014



  • African American/Black
  • Children
  • Intervention
  • Natural disaster
  • Trauma

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