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Humour-related interventions for people with mental illness: a randomized controlled pilot study.

Authors
  • Rudnick, Abraham1
  • Kohn, Paul M
  • Edwards, Kim R
  • Podnar, David
  • Caird, Sara
  • Martin, Rod
  • 1 Department of Psychiatry, Vancouver Island Health Authority, The Island Medical Program and University of British Columbia, 642-2334 Trent Street, Victoria, BC, V8R 4Z3, Canada, [email protected] , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Community mental health journal
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2014
Volume
50
Issue
6
Pages
737–742
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10597-013-9685-4
PMID: 24337476
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study explored the feasibility and effects of humour-related interventions for mentally ill adults. Twelve, randomly assigned, participated in each of 3 arms--stand up comedy training (the experimental arm), discussing comedy videos (the active control arm), and no humour-related intervention (the passive control arm). Quantitative and qualitative data were collected at baseline, end of interventions (3 months) and follow up (after another 3 months). Scale comparisons were largely negative, although self-esteem marginally increased in the experimental arm. Interview responses indicated benefits for the interventions, including improved self-esteem in the experimental arm. These results, though mixed, justify further study.

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