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Relationship Between Health Status, Life Satisfaction, and Humor as a Coping Mechanism Among Noninstitutionalized Older Adults

Title: The Relationship Between Health Status, Life Satisfaction, and Humor as a Coping Mechanism Among Noninstitutionalized Older Adults.
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Name(s): Jones, Cristina Llanos, author
Ebener, Deborah, professor directing dissertation
Lewis, Sandra, university representative
Smedema, Susan, committee member
Turner, Jeannine, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The older adult population is growing faster than any other cohort of people. By the year 2011, the baby boomers will start turning age 65, presenting a problem for public policy and health care systems. One of the key components of successful aging is the maintenance of good health. Numerous studies have extensively documented the link between good health and high life satisfaction. Humor has also been shown to be a positive coping mechanism used by older adults to combat the stressors of aging. The current study explored the relationship between health status, life satisfaction, and humor as a coping mechanism among noninstitutionalized older adults. The sample consisted of 109 participants over the age of 65. Structural equation modeling with latent variables indicated that health status and life satisfaction were highly correlated with an increase in health status leading to an increase in life satisfaction. However, coping with humor neither correlated nor mediated the relationship between health status and life satisfaction. Reasons for these results are explored and suggestions for future studies are presented.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3450 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: March 3, 2010.
Keywords: Health, Life Satisfaction, Humor, Aging, Coping
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Deborah Ebener, Professor Directing Dissertation; Sandra Lewis, University Representative; Susan Smedema, Committee Member; Jeannine Turner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3450
Owner Institution: FSU

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Jones, C. L. (2010). The Relationship Between Health Status, Life Satisfaction, and Humor as a Coping Mechanism Among Noninstitutionalized Older Adults. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3450