Humor styles and personality: A meta-analysis of the relation between humor styles and the Big Five personality traits

Andrés Mendiburo-Seguel, Darío Páez, Francisco Martínez-Sánchez

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Abstract

This research summarizes the knowledge generated in social psychology and positive psychology about the relationship between humor styles, personality and wellbeing. Specifically, a meta-analysis was performed with the results of 15 studies on humor styles measured by the Humor Styles Questionnaire (Martin, Puhlik-Doris, Larsen, Gray & Weir, 2003) in correlation with the personality traits measured by the Big Five Personality model (measured with different scales). Following the steps presented by Rosenthal (1991) for meta-analysis in the case of correlational research, we calculated the total mean r as an indicator of effect size. Results show that affiliative humor has a strong and homogeneous relation to neuroticism and extraversion. The homogeneity and heterogeneity found between variables and possible explanations are discussed in the conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • Humor
  • Humor styles
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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