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The essence of humour and its effects and functions: a qualitative study

The essence of humour and its effects and functions: a qualitative study.

The purpose of this study was to describe which categories can be included in the term ‘humour’ and to describe the effects and functions that humour has on people. The study was exploratory. The research question was: ‘what does humour mean to you?’. We conclude that the essence of humour can be categorized as possibilities/obstacles and weapon/protection. Humour has effects and functions on individuals. Empathy is a prerequisite for the use of humour in the context of health services and nursing.

Author: Olsson H*, Backe H, Sörensen S, Kock M. in J Nurs Manag., 2002 Jan;10(1):21-6.

* Mälardalen University, Department of Caring Sciences, Västerås, Sweden.

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