Author: Maryam Razzaq
Supervisor: Afifa Anjum
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between sense of humor, social competence and psychological well-being in late adolescents. It was hypothesized that sense of humor, social competence and psychological well-being are associated, as well as there are gender differences in study variables. Correlational research design was used to recruit a sample of 150 which included male (n = 75) and female (n = 75) late adolescents chosen by convenient sampling. The sample was taken from various institutions in Lahore. Humor Styles Questionnaire (HSQ; Martin, et al., 2015), Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Scale (Ryff, 1995) and The Interpersonal Competence Questionnaire (Buhrmester, Furman, Wittenberg, & Reis, 1988) were used. Correlation, Independent samples t-test and Regression were applied to analyze the data. Correlation analysis showed positive relationship between affiliative humor and personal growth (subscale of psychological well-being).Whereas aggressive humor and self-defeating humor were negatively correlated to overall psychological well-being. Self-enhancing humor was positively correlated with social competence. Environmental mastery (subscale of psychological well-being) was positively correlated with social competence. Regression analysis showed that self-enhancing humor, aggressive humor and self-defeating humor predicted psychological well- being. The result of independent samples t-test showed differences in aggressive humor, personal growth, purpose in life and psychological well-being in males and females. This research can create our awareness about the use of humor in the enhancement of social competence and psychological well-being
Keywords: Sense of humor, Social competence, Psychological well-being, Late adolescent.
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