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ERIC Number: EJ1075583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4669
Relationships between Humor Styles and Family Functioning in Parents of Children with Disabilities
Rieger, Alicja; McGrail, J. Patrick
Journal of Special Education, v49 n3 p188-196 Nov 2015
The humor styles and family functioning of parents of children with disabilities are understudied subjects. This study seeks to shed quantitative light on these areas. Seventy-two parents of children with disabilities completed the "Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales" (FACES IV) and the "Humor Styles Questionnaire" (HSQ). The FACES IV measured several dimensions of family functioning: cohesion, flexibility, communication, and satisfaction. Cohesion and flexibility were variously scored to indicate whether a balanced or unbalanced propensity for these existed within the family. The HSQ was used to examine whether two adaptive styles of humor (affiliative and self-enhancing) and two maladaptive styles of humor (aggressive and self-defeating), were associated with balanced and unbalanced cohesion and flexibility, as well as with the presence of communication and satisfaction. The most significant results indicated a persistent correlation between prosocial humor styles and family communication and satisfaction. Further exploratory research is urged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Adaptability Cohesion Evaluation Scales