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The Association Between Sense of Humour and Trauma-Related Mental Health Outcomes: two exploratory studies

A new article by Professor Stephen Joseph and Dr David Murphy has been published in in the Journal of Loss and Trauma.


Two studies (n = 73, n = 132) explored the association between sense of humour and trauma related well-being outcomes. It was found that sense of humour was not associated with reports of posttraumatic growth as measured by the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). Self-enhancing humour was positively associated with positive changes as measured by the CiOQ-P. Benign humour styles were associated negatively with emotion regulation difficulties and negative changes (CiOQ-N). Self-defeating humour was associated positively with negative changes, avoidant states and emotion regulation difficulties. The results suggest that self-enhancing humour could be helpful in order to cope with trauma.

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Posted on Wednesday 29th March 2017

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