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Humorstil och sinne för humor i relation till självkänsla och livstillfredsställelse
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Humor style and sense of humor in relation to self-esteem and satisfaction with life (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to examine whether there was any difference in the styles of humor affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive and self-defeating in terms of self-esteem or life satisfaction, and in attitudes to humor depending on self-esteem or life satisfaction. The method was quantitative, and a survey was conducted containing scales with good validity for measuring sense of humor, self-esteem and life satisfaction. 198 respondents participated in the study, a majority of which was found to be women (80%). Data analysis was conducted by an independent two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA 2 * 3), and a correlation analysis. The results showed that there was a significant difference in the affiliative humor style in terms of self-esteem but no difference in terms of self-esteem was found in the other humor styles. No differences were found in any of the humor styles in terms of life satisfaction. The result showed that there was also a difference in sense of humor in terms of self-esteem and that there was a difference in the degree to which one considered himself  as a humorous person in respect of self-esteem. However, there was not any difference on sense of humor in terms of life satisfaction. The correlation analysis showed several significant results, where the affiliative and self-enhancing humor styles were strongly correlated with self-esteem and the self-defeating humor style correlated negatively with self-esteem. However, no correlation with the aggressive humor style was to be found. The study contributed to a better understanding regarding the relationship between humor and self-esteem.

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2015. , 41 p.
Keyword [sv]
Humor, SHQ-6, HSQ, Rosenberg self-esteem scale, SWLS
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36771OAI: diva2:825860
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Master Programme in Psychology with Emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (120 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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