ERIC Number: ED286093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Humor Assessment: From May to December.
Hester, Maureen P.
While research on humor in children has increased in the past 20 years, there is less information on adult humor. The Humor Assessment Instrument (HUMA) was developed as part of an ongoing humor intervention project. HUMA was used to interview 398 adults on their perception of humor in the media, humor among acquaintances, humor in parents, most and least liked humor, and blocks to humor. Results from younger adults, aged 20-29 (N=118) and older adults, aged 50 and over (N=107) were used to examine age and sex differences in adult humor. The results revealed that, as recipients, younger people enjoyed humor in the media and with acquaintances for the other person's "outlook on life" while the reason given for personal use of humor was "tension release." Women more than men reported parents as having no sense of humor, with older women citing no humor more often than younger women. The data also revealed that for women, the favorite kind of humor reflected "outlook on life" while the least favorite kind of humor was put-down humor. Blocks to humor reflected more age differences than sex differences. (HUMA is included.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (67th, Long Beach, CA, April 23-26, 1987).