Date of Award

Winter 12-22-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Dacey, Robert C.


children's books, left-behind children, psychology, therapeutic

Subject Categories

Child Psychology | Early Childhood Education | Education | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This thesis discusses the phenomenon of left-behind children in China amid the country's urbanization, revealing the psychological state of these children in the countryside.

In this thesis, some psychological research sources have proven how picture books relieve children's emotions and attain therapeutic effects on children's psychology. Then, this thesis analyzes two examples of children's books depicting how picture books help children to manage their negative feelings and having a therapeutic effect on the child.

This thesis claims that bibliotherapy through children's independent reading of books can effectively alleviate left-behind children's negative emotions.


Open Access



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