Year: 1982 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (15th: 1982: New York), p.148-150 SIEC No: 19841383

The speaker reports upon a study in which he looked at one hundred jokes (“a form of folk art”) relevant to the theme of suicide. These have been broken down into seven categories, each illustrated by an example joke. He concludes by noting that (1) there is a relationship between the person telling the joke, his personality, suicide potential, and his subsequent fate, and (2) that a sense of humor is incompatible with self-destruction.(BG)