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Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to determine whether the relationship between the use of humor and cohesion of work groups. It was hypothesized that individuals with a high value and use of humor to cope would have a tendency to use humor with others. Additionally, groups with more members who value and use humor to cope would exhibit more group cohesion than groups consisting of members with minimal or no humor use. A descriptive correlational design was used. A convenience sample of hospital based staff nurses was studied. The participants completed three surveys measuring individuals’ use of humor to cope, value of humor and perception of group cohesion. Results indicated no significant correlations between individuals’ value and use of humor to cope and their assessment of group cohesion. There was no significant relationship between group rankings based on humor scores and that of group cohesion.


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