AUDIO-VIDEO ASSISTED HUMOUR ON REDUCTION OF PERCEIVED STRESS AMONG ELDERLY
Manasa Godati and Rojina Rani. M
ABSTRACT - The present study was conducted to assess the perceived stress among elderly. The research design for the study was one group pre-test post-test design. A sample of 200 elderly persons were selected by using non- probability convenient sampling technique at Navajeevan Old age home, Tirupati. The tools used for conducting the study were a set of demographic variables and Standardized Cohen (1983) Perceived Stress Scale. The subjects were administered audio video assisted humor for 30 days with pre and post assessment of perceived stress levels. Data were analyzed with the help of descriptive and inferential statistics.
Among 50 elderly, majority 140(70%) had moderate stress, 48 (24%) had severe stress and 12 (6%) had mild stress in the pre assessment of perceived stress levels. After the administration of audio video assisted humor, majority 136 (68%) had mild stress, 64 (32%) had moderate stress and 0(0%) had severe stress in the post assessment of perceived stress levels. It represents that audio video assisted humor was effective in reduction of perceived stress levels among elderly people.
There was no statistically significant association between post assessment of perceived stress levels and the demographic variables such as age of elderly persons, gender, religion, marital status, education, occupational status, residence, number of children, residence area of children, duration of stay in old age home and elderly persons suffering with illness. . There was statistically significant association between post assessment of perceived stress levels and the demographic variables such as financial assistance and frequency of visitors to the participant at p<0.01 level of significance.