The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among humor, life satisfaction and a g e . Three null hypotheses were tested using Pearson's Product Moment Coefficient at the .05 level of significance: I. There is no significant correlation between humor and life satisfaction. II. There is no significant correlation between age and humor. III. There is no significant correlation between age and life satisfaction. Data were collected from 28 subjects using the I PAT Humor Test, Form A, and the Life S atisfaction Index A. Subjects ranged in age from 23 to 71 years of age with a mean of 47 years. There were 10 white male subjects and 18 white female subjects, all residing in two small rural towns in Central Mississippi. All subjects were members of at least one community organization. The results revealed no s i g n i f i c a n t relat i o n s h i p between humor and life s a t i s faction; therefore, the researcher failed to reject null hypothesis I. The results revealed a significant correlation between age and two of the humor factors; therefore, the null hypothesis II was rejected. As age increased, urbane pleasantness and cheerful independence were preferred over hostile derogation and mistreatment humor. The results revealed that as age increased, life satisfaction increased. Thus, the researcher rejected null hypothesis III.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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Dr. Rayma Skinner

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Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

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Dr. Phyllis W. Werner

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