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  1. Minden, P. PhD, RN, CS

Abstract

Framed as a qualitative case study based on constructivist notions, the research being reported evaluates the Humor Group, a unique treatment modality evoking therapeutic change by engaging male forensic psychiatric patients and nursing students in humorous activities. The group's meaning for patient health was investigated by cross-analyzing data collected from patient and student questionnaires, in-depth patient interviews, and naturalistic observations made by the researcher during the group's 4-year tenure. The Humor Group structure and format are offered as guides for undertaking similar attempts to rein in humor's healing potential in other settings and with other populations.