An introduction to black humour as a coping mechanism for student paramedics

CHRISTOPHER, Sarah (2015). An introduction to black humour as a coping mechanism for student paramedics. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 7 (12), 610-615.

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Black or gallows humour has long been recognised as having therapeutic value, particularly when used by individuals dealing with traumatic incidents. With this in mind, it is no surprise that this type of humour is commonly used by emergency services personnel. It is a bona fide coping mechanism which can contribute to the resilience, health and wellbeing of emergency services personnel but one which, to the uninitiated, may appear callous and uncaring. With student paramedics now taking the higher educational route into paramedicine, they will have had less exposure to ambulance service culture before qualifying than would have been the case with the old ‘in service’ pathway. This often results in the type of humour employed by their new colleagues coming as something of a culture shock. This article hopes to go some way to explain why this type of humour is employed, what purposes it serves, and prepare students so that it may appear less shocking when they first encounter it.

Item Type: Article
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Page Range: 610-615
Depositing User: Sarah Christopher
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 16:18
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 16:45

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