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The association between sense of humour and trauma-related mental health outcomes: two exploratory studies

Boerner, Michaela; Joseph, Stephen; Murphy, David

Authors

Michaela Boerner

Stephen Joseph stephen.joseph@nottingham.ac.uk

David Murphy David.Murphy@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Loss and Trauma
Print ISSN 1532-5024
Electronic ISSN 1532-5032
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Boerner, M., Joseph, S., & Murphy, D. (in press). The association between sense of humour and trauma-related mental health outcomes: two exploratory studies. Journal of Loss and Trauma, doi:10.1080/15325024.2017.1310504
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2017.1310504
Keywords Humour, Posttraumatic growth, Trauma, Posttraumatic stress, Well-being
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15325024.2017.1310504
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Loss and Trauma on 27/03/2017 available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/15325024.2017.1310504

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