By Claire Fox
January 30, 2017
Just like adults, children use humor in their everyday lives. Some like to
make fun of themselves, whereas others like to laugh at the expense of
others. But what effect does a child's humor have, for example, on their
relationships with others and how they feel about themselves? To find out,
we studied the use of humor in children aged between 11 and 16, and
discovered a link between a child's humor style and their mental health.
Our study is based on previous research into styles of humor among adults.
Rod Martin and colleagues used a questionnaire to identify four different
types of humor: self-enhancing, affiliative, self-defeating and aggressive.
They found evidence to suggest that someone's styles of humor can have
positive or negative impact on their relationships with others and their