Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Robert E. Carlson

Second Advisor

Marshall Prisbell

Third Advisor

Norman J. Luna


In order to understand humor orientation, loneliness, and verbal aggressiveness better, 14 faculty members and 25 graduate students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha completed measures of humor orientation (HO), loneliness, and verbal aggressiveness (VA). These individuals were asked to have an acquaintance (as opposed to a close friend or relative) complete an adapted version o f the HO scale (HOA). Results indicated that faculty members and graduate students did not significantly differ in HO, loneliness, or HO A, however graduate students were more verbally aggressive than faculty members in 10 different questions concerning VA. No correlation was found between HO and loneliness. No overall correlation was found between self-reported HO and HOA. However, a significant correlation was found between faculty members' HO and their acquaintance's HOA scores. Unexpected significant positive correlations were found between HO and VA for the overall group and the faculty sub-group.


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

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