Effects of therapeutic humor on the level of stress of older persons

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Humor, Stress (Psychological), Older Persons, Aged


The researchers utilized a quantitative, quasi-experimental research design specifically nonequivalent control group design of research. It involved eighty (80) clients who are living in the community. Purposive sampling was utilized and a self-made questionnaire was used in this study. Data was analysed using percentage, frequency distribution, mean, standard deviation, and t-test. The researchers drew the following conclusions: 1) Majority of the respondents belonged to the age group of 70-79 years old, female, Catholic, mostly married and have average family income of Php39,999 and below; 2) to obtain an effective result providing time to adapt in these specific areas must be considered. Whereas, in specific areas like losing trust in own capabilities, fear of being left alone and have time of getting along with important people in life were successfully eliminated as a stressor in older person upon conducting the second application of intervention. This indicated that therapeutic humor was greatly effective in lowering down the stress level of older person in these areas. This can improve their integrated adaptation in stressful stimuli; 3) there was a significant difference in the level of stress of older persons before and after the application of the therapeutic humor. Thus, this behavioral nursing intervention is effective in lowering of stress of older persons.

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