Familial factors behind early adulthood humor

Unaran, Kadir Cem
The present study investigated the role of several familial factors in the development of early adulthood humor, which was examined with a focus on four humor styles. Two hypotheses stated earlier in the literature in relation to this subject (namely, modeling and reinforcement hypothesis, and stress and coping hypothesis) formed the core of the study, which was supported by additional explorations. 227 participants, who averaged 20.67 (SD = 1.33) years of age, filled in questionnaires on their own humor use, those of their parents, family environment quality, and parental warmth and acceptance. The results suggested that both fathers and mothers had some influence on their young adult children’s humor styles. The quality of family environment was related only to the maladaptive humor styles. In addition, paternal warmth appears to have moderating effects on intergenerational humor associations between fathers and their children, with higher paternal warmth resulting in stronger relationships with regard to positive humor styles. The set of familial variables examined, however, explained only a small portion of interindividual variance in humor.