Year: 1990 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, (98th: 1990: Boston), 16p. SIEC No: 19910953

This article analyzes the benefits of humour for counselling elderly suicidal patients. The author begins by outlining the theories of prominent psychiatrists on humour & therapy. He then provides a number of examples from his own practise of the use of humour by patients. Laughing is particularly helpful for suicidal patients since they often feel socially isolated, & laughing with a therapist provides a feeling of social cohesiveness & community. (VM)