The experience of humour in Asperger’s syndrome

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/113716
Title:
The experience of humour in Asperger’s syndrome
Authors:
Ruggeri, Susan
Abstract:
This study investigated the experience of humour of people with Asperger’s syndrome. It aimed to explore the lived experience of this phenomenon. A literature review was undertaken which revealed that people with Asperger’s syndrome are thought not to have a sense of humour and a number of theories are proposed to explain the difficulties that may be experienced in regard to humour. In order to gain insight into the lived experience a qualitative approach was adopted using semi structured research interviews with eight, adult, male participants. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was then used to illuminate the “insider perspective”. The analysis highlighted four main themes, the experience of difference, the experience of learning, what I find amusing and how I use humour. It was suggested that people with Asperger’s syndrome do have a sense of humour but they may need to put in extra effort to develop it. The importance of individuality and acceptance of differences was also recognised. The report highlighted a number of clinical implications such as the role humour plays in social interactions and the importance of asking questions rather than making assumptions when working with people with Asperger’s syndrome.
Advisors:
Morris, Neil
Publisher:
University of Wolverhampton
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/113716
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the degree of Doctor of Counselling Psychology.
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorMorris, Neilen
dc.contributor.authorRuggeri, Susanen
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-22T14:35:28Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-22T14:35:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/113716-
dc.descriptionA Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the degree of Doctor of Counselling Psychology.en
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated the experience of humour of people with Asperger’s syndrome. It aimed to explore the lived experience of this phenomenon. A literature review was undertaken which revealed that people with Asperger’s syndrome are thought not to have a sense of humour and a number of theories are proposed to explain the difficulties that may be experienced in regard to humour. In order to gain insight into the lived experience a qualitative approach was adopted using semi structured research interviews with eight, adult, male participants. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was then used to illuminate the “insider perspective”. The analysis highlighted four main themes, the experience of difference, the experience of learning, what I find amusing and how I use humour. It was suggested that people with Asperger’s syndrome do have a sense of humour but they may need to put in extra effort to develop it. The importance of individuality and acceptance of differences was also recognised. The report highlighted a number of clinical implications such as the role humour plays in social interactions and the importance of asking questions rather than making assumptions when working with people with Asperger’s syndrome.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
dc.subjectExperience of humouren
dc.subjectHumoren
dc.subjectAsperger’s syndromeen
dc.subjectAsperger syndromeen
dc.subjectHigh-functioning autismen
dc.titleThe experience of humour in Asperger’s syndromeen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameDCounsPsychen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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