Teaching M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Bergeland, John

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


This thesis reviews 33 articles to examine a possible correlation between resilience and reading and how reading might be used to promote resilience in the secondary-school setting. Resilience is in need, especially post —COVID-19. Globally and locally, in Minnesota there is a mental health crisis among adolescents. This paper explores the protective factors of resilience, the empathic effects of reading, reading habits, reading interventions, and using reading as a therapeutic tool, called bibliotherapy. The discussion includes a correlation between gender and reading habits, sociability and fiction reading, pleasure reading and positive emotions, and traits of resilient individuals and how pleasure readers may possess those traits. Implications for future research should include reading intervention to find causation between reading and resilience.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis