Exploring the consistency and value of humour style profiles

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Evans, Thomas Rhys, Johannes, Niklas, Winska, Joanna, Glinksa-Newes, Aldona, van Stekelenburg, Aart, Nilsonne, Gustav, Dean, Laura, Fido, Dean, Galloway, Graeme, Jones, Sian, Masson, Isla, Soares, Andre, Steptoe-Warren, Gail, Thompson, Neill and Ungson, Nick 2020. Exploring the consistency and value of humour style profiles. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/23743603.2020.1756239
AuthorsEvans, Thomas Rhys, Johannes, Niklas, Winska, Joanna, Glinksa-Newes, Aldona, van Stekelenburg, Aart, Nilsonne, Gustav, Dean, Laura, Fido, Dean, Galloway, Graeme, Jones, Sian, Masson, Isla, Soares, Andre, Steptoe-Warren, Gail, Thompson, Neill and Ungson, Nick
Abstract

Establishing generalisable humour style profiles promises to have significant value for educational, clinical, and occupational application. However, previous research investigating such profiles has thus far presented inconsistent results. To determine the generalisability and value of humour style profiles, a large and geographically diverse examination of humour styles was conducted through a cross-sectional questionnaire methodology involving 863 participants from across three world regions. Findings identify inconsistencies in the humour style profiles across countries tested and the extant literature, possibly indicative of cultural differences in the behavioural expression of trait humour. Furthermore, when directly compared, humour types, rather than humour styles, consistently provide the greatest predictive value for friendship and well-being outcomes. As such, with respect to both consistency and value, capturing humour style profiles appears to represent a relatively reductionist approach to appreciating the nuances in the use and consequences of humour.

KeywordsHumour; Humour styles; Cluster analysis; Culture; #registeredreport
Year2020
JournalComprehensive Results in Social Psychology
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN2374-3603
2374-3611
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/23743603.2020.1756239
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624885
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Publication dates12 May 2020
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Deposited16 Jun 2020, 15:33
Accepted02 Apr 2020
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ContributorsCoventry University, University of Glasgow, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and Karolinska Institute, Sweden
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