Humor Styles and Happiness in Marital Relationship

Author: Faseeha Hassan

Supervisor: Naumana Amjad, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


he objective of the present study was to examine the role of humor styles
i.e. affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive and self-defeating in
marital happiness. Sample consisted of 50 married men and 50 married
women (N = 100) were included by using with purposive sampling
technique. Humor Style Questionnaire HQS (Martin, Puhlik-Doris,
Larsen, Gray & Weir 2003) was used to assess different styles of humor
and a scale was developed to assess marital happiness in Pakistani cultural
context. For this purpose, standard procedure was followed: opinions of
experts, interviewers, literature consultation, item generation, testing and
final scale construction. Pilot testing was done on this scale. Correlation
was examined in order to check the association between humor styles with
marital happiness. It was found that none of the humor styles were related
to marital happiness. But significant correlation was found between
opinion and choice in marriage with marital happiness. t- test analysis
showed that there were gender differences in marital happiness. It was
found that women were happier than men. No relationship was found in
age and marriage duration with marital happiness. Regression analysis
revealed that self-enhancing humor was the predictor of marital happiness.

Keywords: Humor Styles, Happiness, Marital Relationship.

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