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Journal of Korean Gerontological Nursing 2013;15(1):75-83.
The Effects of Laughter-Therapy on Moods and Life Satisfaction in the Elderly Staying at Care Facilities in South Korea
Song, Mi-Suk · Park, Kyung Min · Park, Heeok
The Effects of Laughter-Therapy on Moods and Life Satisfaction in the Elderly Staying at Care Facilities in South Korea
Song, Mi-Suk · Park, Kyung Min · Park, Heeok
Abstract
Purpose
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of laughter-therapy on negative mood and life satisfaction in older adults staying in care facilities.
Methods
Twenty four individuals from facility G participated in the laughter-therapy group and another 24 from facility J in the usual care group. Eight sessions composed the laughter-therapy in this study and each session lasted 60 minutes. To examine the hypotheses, data analysis was conducted using descriptive statistics and ANCOVA with the SPSS program version 16.0.
Results
Negative mood scores for the laughter-therapy group were lower than those of control group (F=89.99, p<.001). Life satisfaction scores for the laughter-therapy group were higher than those of control group (F=100.68, p<.001).
Conclusion
The findings of this study suggest that laughter-therapy for older adults staying in care facilities results in an improvement in mood and life satisfaction.
Key words: Laughter therapy, Mood, Satisfaction, Elderly
Key words: Laughter therapy, Mood, Satisfaction, Elderly
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