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J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Dec;21(12):781-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0053. Epub 2015 Oct 23.

Effects of Laughter Therapy on Immune Responses in Postpartum Women.

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1
1 Department of Nursing, Seojeong College at Korea , Gyeonggi Province, Korea.
2
2 College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University at Korea , Seoul, Korea.
3
3 Department of Nursing, Sahmyook Health College at Korea , Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effects of laughter therapy on secretory IgA (sIgA) in postpartum women.

METHODS:

The study used a nonequivalent control group with nonsynchronized design. The participants were 76 postpartum women who agreed to participate in this study and were selected by convenience sampling (experimental group, nā€‰=ā€‰38; control group, nā€‰=ā€‰38). The data were collected from December 15, 2009, to April 8, 2010. The experimental group participated in a postpartum laughter program from a laughter therapy expert for 60 minutes per session, twice a week for 2 weeks, for a total of four sessions. To evaluate the effects of the postpartum laughter program, sIgA levels in breast milk were measured. The data were analyzed using SPSS WIN 20.0 software.

RESULTS:

Immune response (sIgA) significantly differed between the experimental and control groups.

CONCLUSION:

A postpartum laughter program can be applied as a complementary and alternative intervention to postpartum women in a transitional mother-infant care center.

PMID:
26496141
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2015.0053
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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