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Humor as a character strength among the elderly: Theoretical considerations


Ruch, Willibald; Proyer, Rene T; Weber, Marco (2010). Humor as a character strength among the elderly: Theoretical considerations. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43(1):8-12.

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Positive psychology is a scientific approach within psychology that focuses on research on what is best in people. Within this framework, humor is understood as a character strength. The article gives a brief overview on positive psychology and implications for aging (positive aging, successful aging) with an emphasis on the contribution of humor. Humor as a strength of character and its measurement by various approaches are discussed. It is argued that there is a lack of empirical data about humor in the elderly. Potential benefits of considering humor in research but also in practice are discussed.

Abstract

Positive psychology is a scientific approach within psychology that focuses on research on what is best in people. Within this framework, humor is understood as a character strength. The article gives a brief overview on positive psychology and implications for aging (positive aging, successful aging) with an emphasis on the contribution of humor. Humor as a strength of character and its measurement by various approaches are discussed. It is argued that there is a lack of empirical data about humor in the elderly. Potential benefits of considering humor in research but also in practice are discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aging; Character strength; Humor; Positive aging; Positive psychology
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 09:56
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:38
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0948-6704
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-009-0080-2
Related URLs:http://www.springer.com/steinkopff/geriatrie+&+gerontologie/journal/391
PubMed ID:20012066

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