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RC-08-136

The Relationship of Humor Styles and Psychological Well-being

[Speaker] Takaoka, Shino:1
[Co-author] Tanaka-matsumi, Junko:1
1:Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan)

The present study investigated the relationship among humor styles, social support, and mental health in undergraduate students. Participants were 243 undergraduate students (149 males and 93 females). They completed six questionnaires assessing four humor styles they were apt to use, perceived social support, a feeling of satisfaction with interpersonal relationships, subjective happiness, and the severity of depression and anxiety. Path analysis showed that the scores for affiliative humor were positively related to social support and satisfaction with friendship. Furthermore, social support and satisfaction with friendship were positively related to happiness and happiness was negatively related to depression and anxiety. About other humor styles, aggressive humor was directly and negatively related to subjective happiness, self-enhancing humor was negatively related to anxiety, and self-defeating humor was directly and positively related to anxiety. These results indicate that affiliative humor predicts social satisfaction and well-being.
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