Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 371–383 | Cite as

The power of poetry: Validating ethnic identity through a bibliotherapeutic intervention with a Puerto Rican adolescent

  • Warren Dana Holman


The use of a Puerto Rican poem in ego-supportive work with a sixteen-year-old adolescent is described. His positive response to reading poetry of his own people indicated that his ethnic identity, a core element of ego identity, was validated by the experience. The possible relationship between the bibliotherapeutic intervention and the course of the client's treatment is discussed, as are implications for the use of ethnically sensitive bibliotherapy in practice.


Social Psychology Positive Response Ethnic Identity Core Element Reading Poetry 
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  • Warren Dana Holman
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  1. 1.School of Social Work, RutgersThe State University of New JerseyUSA

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