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Magical attachment: Children in magical relations with hospital clowns
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 7, 1-8 p., 11862Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study was to achieve a theoretical understanding of several different-age children´s experiences of magic relations with hospital clowns in the context of medical care, and to do so using psychological theory and a child perspective. The method used was qualitative and focused on nine children. The results showed that age was important to consider in better understanding how the children experienced the relation with the hospital clowns, how they described the magical aspects of the encounter and how they viewed the importance of clown encounters to their own well-being. The present theoreetical interpretation characterized the encounter with hospital clowns as a magical safe area, an intermediate area between fantasy and reality. The discussion presented a line of reasoning concerning a magical attachment between the child and the hospital clowns, stating that this attachment: a) comprised a temporary relation; b) gave anonymity; c) entailed reversed roles; and d) created an emotional experience of boundary-transcending opportunities.

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Stockholm: CoAction Publishing, 2012. Vol. 7, 1-8 p., 11862
Keyword [en]
hospital clowns, child perspective, psychological theory, humor development, magical attachment, well-being
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Other Medical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-17568DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v7i0.11862ISI: 000301052100001PubMedID: 22371813Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875169808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-17568DiVA: diva2:523844
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Forskningsfinansiär: Barncancerfonden i Sverige

Available from: 2012-04-26 Created: 2012-04-26 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved

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