Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

F.C. Powell


It was hypothesized that sense o f humor is related to purpose in life. A convenience sample o f 136 undergraduates completed the Modified Purpose in Life test (Chang & Dodder, 1983-84) and the Multidimensional Sense o f Humor Scale (Thorson & Powell, 1993). The overall correlation between the two scales in this sample was .30 ( p < .001). The sub-scales o f the MSHS that related most robustly to purpose in life were Coping ( r = . 3 1 , p < .001) and Attitude Toward Humor and Humorous People ( r = .45, p < .001).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Gerontology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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