Title

Exploring Communicative Functions of Humor: The Development and Assessment of a New Functions of Humor Scale

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

This work develops and assesses a new Functions of Humor Scale, a scale that measures purposes (identification, clarification, enforcement, and differentiation) for which individuals enact humor. Two studies were conducted using undergraduate students (N = 210, N = 233) from different regions of the United States. Construct and criterion validity were established via factor analysis and the concurrent assessment of the new scale with previously published measures of humor. In addition, the scale produced good internal consistency coefficients for each factor. The researchers suggest continued testing and assessments for the new measure.

Publication Title

Atlantic Journal of Communication

Volume

27

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

14

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