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Humor in high-functioning autistic adults

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This study examined the humor used by a group of autistic adults. Subjects were nine autistic adults who were participating in a Social Skills Group. The jokes they told during a designated joke time over 15 consecutive group sessions were analyzed according to their developmental levels. The participants told a total of 87 unique jokes, almost all of which were riddles. The most common types were preriddles and those having lexical and phonological ambiguity. Along with empirically examining the jokes used by this group of high level autistic adults, the study demonstrates that they enjoy a wide range of jokes and that humor seems to enrich their lives.

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Van Bourgondien, M.E., Mesibov, G.B. Humor in high-functioning autistic adults. J Autism Dev Disord 17, 417–424 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01487070

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Keywords

  • Social Skill
  • Common Type
  • Group Session
  • Developmental Level
  • Skill Group