Year: 1995 Source: The Gerontologist, v.35, no.2, (April 1995), p.271-273 SIEC No: 19950440

Situations where laughter or humour occurred during therapy with depressed & suicidal patients are described. 5 principles associated with therapeutic humour are discussed. Application of these principles is based upon a knowledge of the required interventions & an awareness of when humour is or is not appropriate. The main effects are symptom relief & increased cohesion. Recommendations are made to health practitioners for the optimal use of humour in the therapeutic setting. (13 refs.)