Psychology ETDs

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Spring 4-3-2023


The current research study investigated the relationship between different adaptive and maladaptive styles of humor, psychological well-being, and distress measures. The sample for this cross-sectional analysis included 237 undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico. Zero-order correlation analyses of all the study variables revealed that adaptive humor styles were associated with greater psychological well-being and lower psychological distress symptoms while maladaptive humor styles were generally related to lower well-being and greater distress symptoms. All four humor styles were significantly associated with hope, while only affiliative and self-defeating humor were associated with resilience. Mediation analyses revealed that resilience was a mediator of 29.17% of the effects of the humor styles on well-being and 33.33% of the effects of them on distress, and hope was a mediator of 100% of the effects of humor styles on well-being and 58.33% of their effects on distress. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

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First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Bruce Smith

Second Committee Member

Dr. David Witherington

Third Committee Member

Dr. Kamilla Venner




Humor styles, resilience, hope, psychological well-being

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