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The role, impact and experience of humour in later life and dementia

Irwin, Helen


Helen Irwin


Chris Clarke


The portfolio thesis is divided into three parts:

Part one is a systematic literature review in which the empirical literature relating to humour interventions in later life is reviewed. The systematic literature review explores the key features of humour interventions and their impact on physical and psychological wellbeing in later life. The findings are discussed in relation to clinical implications and potential future research.

Part two is an empirical paper, which explores how people living with dementia and their partners use, experience and draw meaning from humour in their ongoing relationships. Interviews were conducted with 10 couples and the data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis revealed eight subthemes that were subsumed under three superordinate themes. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed with relation to couplehood and wellbeing in dementia.

Part three comprises the appendices.


Irwin, H. (2015). The role, impact and experience of humour in later life and dementia. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Dec 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Clinical psychology
Public URL
Additional Information Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing, The University of Hull
Award Date Jun 1, 2015


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© 2015 Irwin, Helen. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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