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Joy without demands: Hospital clowns in the world of ailing children
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study was to achieve, using an affect theory approach (Tomkins, 1962; 1963; 1991), a deeper theoretical understanding of the psychological significance of hospital clowns´work in caring for ailing children viewed from a care-giver perspective. The methodological approach was qualitative and based on 20 interviews with healthcare staff: 3 men and 17 women. The result showed how the staff emphasized a psychological quality of care alongside the physical quality of care. The hospital clowns´"unexpected possibility" provided a safe area for recovery, for both the childrren and the staff. The theoretical interpretation showed the presence of the affects surprise/startle, interest/excitement, and enjoyment/joy, as well as specifically how "joy without demands" often had a lingering effects in the form of vitality. Joy without demands is discussed in relation to psychological theory with emphasis on: a confirmation of the body´s possibilities, a magical attachment, a chance to transcend boundaries, and a non-demanding situation.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2011. Vol. 6, no 1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-14642DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i1.5899ISI: 000288910000005PubMedID: 21394247OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-14642DiVA: diva2:406334
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Available from: 2011-03-25 Created: 2011-03-25 Last updated: 2012-10-08Bibliographically approved

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