The goal of this study was to expand on scenario-based reports of types of humor and how relationship satisfaction is affected by the perception and appreciation of these humor types. A sample of 115 college students, mostly Caucasian women, read a conflicted or pleasant scenario and imagined themselves as satisfied or dissatisfied with their current partners. They then evaluated their perceptions and appreciation of their partners' humor within the scenario contexts. Self-report questionnaires on relationship satisfaction and humor types were also completed. Results showed that participants who imagined being dissatisfied and in a conflict with ·their partners, appreciated their partners' humor the least. Participants also used positive humor types when they felt positively about their partners and negative humor types when they felt negative. Results emphasize importance of humor interpretation as a reflection of relationship satisfaction, which may be used in martial counseling and in generalized therapy sessions.
Mitchell, Leah B.
"Humor and Conflict: A Look at Humor Appreciation, Perceptions of Partners' Humor, and its Link to Relationship Satisfaction,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences: Vol. 14
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/journal_of_behavioral_sciences/vol14/iss1/1