Level of Stress, Humor and Mental Health among Nurses

Author: Fariha Tariq

Supervisor: Ms. Faiza Safdar

Degree: BS

Year: 2006-2010

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


It has long been known that humor has positive effects on mental health and also lowers stress in one’s life. The present research aimed to find the relationship between humor, mental health and level of stress among staff nurses of different departments and units. The present research was conducted on 150 staff nurses of different departments of different private and government hospitals of Lahore. Humor was measured through Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale MSHS (Thorson, Powell & Bargar, 1997). Mental health was measured through Mental Health Questionnaire (Bargar, 1996) while level of stress was measured through two areas of Life Events and Difficulties Schedule Including Life Events and Difficulties (Brown & Hams, 1978). A demographic form was also used. The translated versions of these tools were used. For analyzing the data means (M), Standard Deviations (SD), Frequencies (f). Percentages (%) and Regression Analysis were carried out. Results indicated that humor is non- significant negative predictor of the higher mental health difficulty (i.e. B=-.149,P<.005). This shows that as the score on humor increases, the scores on the Mental Health Questionnaire (with high score indicating lower mental health) decreases. Thus the more the person uses humor the better is the mental health. The results showed that humor is non-significant predictor of the level of stress i.e. (B=-.120,P<.005).

Keywords: Stress, Humor, Mental Health, Nurses.

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