SELF-HELP BOOK REVIEW
Instructions: Select a self-help book to review, then answer the following questions. Type your answers on a separate piece of paper.
1. List the title and author of the book.
2. What is the goal of the book, or what problem does it propose to solve?
3. Why did you choose to review this particular book?
4. Analysis: Compare to desirable qualities in self-help books. For each of the following items, explain with supporting details how well the book meets each quality. For more explanation of these criteria, see the explanations in Chapter 1 of your text.
a. Is the communication clear and avoids psychobabble?
b. Does the book make promises that are cautious and realistic?
c. Do your own online research. How strong and appropriate are the credentials of the author(s)? What do people who have reviewed the book say?
d. Does the book mention the theoretical or research basis for the program they advocate?
e. Does the book provide detailed, explicit directions about how to alter your behavior?
f. Does the book focus on one particular kind of problem?
a. Based on your analysis, how strongly would you recommend or not recommend this book? Would you read and use its advice yourself?
b. Also based on your analysis, what improvements do you think could be made to make the book stronger?