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Humor Styles Measurement

  • By: Ursula Beermann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Several performance and self-report instruments exist to assess different aspects of the sense of humor, including humor creation, humor appreciation, and individual differences in the sense of humor (e.g., temperamental basis of humor). This entry discusses instruments that assess a person's humor style as a person's habitual way of using humor in daily life, that is, humor style as a personality trait. Two instruments are predominantly used that measure humor styles as defined here: the Humorous Behavior Q-Sort Deck and the Humor Styles Questionnaire. Each of these measures is discussed in this entry.

The Humorous Behavior Q-Sort Deck

By reviewing literature and observing everyday social life, Kenneth Craik and his colleagues developed the Humorous Behavior Q-Sort Deck (HBQD). It can be used for self-reports as well as ...

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