Article review: “Therapeutic Use of Humor in Occupational Therapy” by Vergreer & MacRae (1993)

Article review: “Therapeutic Use of Humor in Occupational Therapy” by Vergreer & MacRae (1993)

This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach, where they examined the experiences of five OTs from a variety of settings and personal attributes (age etc). These were randomly selected from a pool of eleven. The subjects were interviewed, and then the transcripts were analysed and coded whereby ‘meaning units’ attributed to each shift to topic. These units were grouped into themes.

They identified 16 themes of ways in which the OTs used humour in their work.

 

This study showed that OTs use humour therapeutically in a number of different ways. Further investigation could be exploring how humour changes over time with OTs- eg does it increase as a result of confidence and self-learning about how to use? Or is there a difference in the use of spontaneous vs planned humour.

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