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Sandy Young

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Marge Hegge


The relationship between the level on anxiety in oncology clients before and after humor therapy was investigated. Miller's model was the theoretical framework for this study. Twenty subjects who were clients on an oncology unit were included in the study. After obtaining written consent, the subjects completed the Coping Humor Scale and the State Anxiety Inventory Tool. The subject then viewed a JO-minute comedy video of his choice. Immediately afterwards the subject again completed the State Anxiety Inventory Tool. T-test and Wilcoxin Matched Pairs Signed Rank Test was used to analyze the relationship between the level of anxiety before and after humor therapy. Both indicated a significance at the .05 level. Chi-square was used to analyze the relationship between level of humor and the change of anxiety. This relationship was not statistically significant. Chi-square was used also to analyze the relationship between demographic variables and the anxiety level before and after humor therapy. The only demographic variable which was statistically significant at the .05 level was greater.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Wit and humor -- Therapeutic use
Cancer -- Psychological aspects
Anxiety -- Testing



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