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

psychological wellbeing.