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ERIC Number: ED525013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 155
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-5709-3
The Relationship between Health Status, Life Satisfaction, and Humor as a Coping Mechanism among Noninstitutionalized Older Adults
Jones, Cristina Llanos
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University
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 with nor mediated the relationship between health status and life satisfaction. Reasons for these results are explored and suggestions for future studies are presented. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States