The relationship between peer victimization and children’s humor styles: It’s no laughing matter!
Hunter, Simon C.
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Fox, C., Hunter, S. C. & Jones, S. (2015) The relationship between peer victimization and children’s humor styles: It’s no laughing matter! Social Development, 24 (3), pp. 443-461.
This study assessed the concurrent and prospective (fall to spring) associations between peer victimization and four humor styles, two of which are adaptive (affiliative and self‐enhancing) and two maladaptive (aggressive and self‐defeating). Participants were 1234 adolescents (52 percent female) aged 11–13 years, drawn from six secondary schools in England. Self‐reports and peer reports of peer victimization were collected, as were self‐reports of humor styles. In cross‐sectional analyses, peer victimization was associated with all four humor styles, most strongly with self‐defeating and affiliative humor. Across the school year, peer victimization was associated with an increase in self‐defeating humor and a decrease in affiliative humor (and vice‐versa). These results have implications for models of humor development and how we understand the continuity of peer victimization.