The Heart of the Matter: The Function and Relational Effects of Humor for Cardiovascular Patients
Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Communication Studies
Alan Sillars, Steven Gaskill
Cardiovascular, Humor, Interpersonal, Physical Health, Social Health, Communication, Psychological Health
University of Montana
This study examined the possibility that cardiovascular patient health is enhanced by the intentional communication of humor and associated increases in relationship satisfaction. In an effort to study the relationship between these variables it was predicted that relationship satisfaction mediates the effects between humor functions and health. Questionnaire data was collected from members of two national support groups for patients of cardiovascular disease. Findings support humor functions distinguished in previous studies and support the hypothesis that relationship satisfaction mediates health. Specifically, distancing humor negatively predicted relationship satisfaction and health. These findings offer new insight into the variability of humor effects.
Lockwood, Nicholas Lee, "The Heart of the Matter: The Function and Relational Effects of Humor for Cardiovascular Patients" (2011). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 1017.
© Copyright 2011 Nicholas Lee Lockwood