Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Focus on Research

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Focus on Research

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Humour and crisis work: a qualitative study exploring the use of humour during client interaction with specific reference to crisis work in mental health practice.

Coventry University, 2009. MSc in Occupational Therapy.

Humour is a powerful, under-utilised and seldom acknowledged resource, which all health care workers have available to them. It has received little attention, to date, in mental health practice, even though health professionals from all disciplines have been extolling its virtues for centuries by recognising its intrinsic link to health and spirituality.

This qualitative study uses a phenomenological approach and takes place in the setting of a Crisis and Home Treatment Team. Eight practitioners from social work, occupational therapy, nursing and medical backgrounds were interviewed and asked to describe their experiences of using humour in practice.

The popularity of the study shows the major role that humour plays within the team, not just therapeutically with clients, but also with other colleagues and, in the words of one participant, 'To safeguard each other's mental health' from the stressful environment they work in. …

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