Year: 1973 Source: Thesis (Ph.D.)-The City University of New York, 1973. 192p. SIEC No: 19831174

Study of the theoretical deductions regarding the adaptive functions of humor in suicidal people, by exploring the capacity for adaptive regression comparing female in-patients of differing degrees of suicidal lethality. In viewing humor as one index of ego flexibility, it is hypothesized that humor as well as other RISE (regression in the service of ego) measures will bear an inverse relationship to suicidal risk. (KB)