The Impact of a Humor Seminar on General Well Being, Quality of Life and Psychological Distress Among Community Dwelling Elders

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Happy Nation Society
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01414218
First received: August 4, 2011
Last updated: August 10, 2011
Last verified: August 2011
  Purpose
  1. Senior citizens living in the community who participate in a humor seminar will have improved health quality of life compared to those not participating in the seminar.
  2. Senior citizens living in the community who participate in a humor seminar will have improved general well being compared to those not participating in the seminar
  3. Senior citizens living in the community who participate in a humor seminar will have decreased psychological distress compared to those not participating in the seminar

Condition Intervention
Improve Mental Health
Behavioral: Humor as a Way of Life Seminar

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Influence of Humor as a Way of Life on Well Being, Quality of Life and Immune Function

Further study details as provided by Happy Nation Society:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • General Well Being [ Time Frame: after 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    General Well Being as measured by the General Well Being Scale

  • Psychological Distress [ Time Frame: after 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Psychological distress as measured by the Brief Symptom Inventory

  • Health Quality of Life [ Time Frame: after 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Health Quality of Life as measured by the Rand Health Survey


Enrollment: 92
Study Start Date: January 2011
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Humor as Way of Life Seminar
See description of study in previous section for further details.
Behavioral: Humor as a Way of Life Seminar
One session per week lasting 2-3 hours per session for 4 months. Sessions will include the videotaping of humorous stories or situations and instruction related to strategies to incorporate humor into everyday life.

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  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • attendance at a community senior center
  • ability to read and write hebrew or English

Exclusion Criteria:

* Not cognitively impaired

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01414218

Sponsors and Collaborators
Happy Nation Society
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Freda Dekeyser Ganz, PhD Hadassah Hebrew University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Freda DeKeyser Ganz, Happy Nation Society
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01414218     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: humor1
Study First Received: August 4, 2011
Last Updated: August 10, 2011
Health Authority: Israel: Ministry of Health

Keywords provided by Happy Nation Society:
elderly
humor
general well being
psychological distress
health quality of life

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