According to Bibliotherapy with Young People: Librarians and Mental Health Professionals Working Together by Beth Doll and Carol Doll, the purposes of bibliotherapy are as follows:
- Foster insight and self-understanding among the children and youth who read.
- Triggers an emotional catharsis in the children with which they work.
- Literature and film can assist children and adolescents with solving their day-today problems, helping them cope with change.
- This catharsis, insight, and assistance with problem solving will cause young people to change the ways in which they interact with or behave toward other people.
- Promoting effective and satisfying relationships with other people.
- Acting as a source of information for youth when they face specific problems that set them apart from their peers.
- Enjoyment. Reading is fun, and kids enjoy it.