Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Humor Styles Questionnaire

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_39-1


The Humor Styles Questionnaire (HSQ) is a self-report measure that assesses the four different humor styles of affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive, and self-defeating humor.


The Humor Styles Questionnaire (HSQ) is a widely used self-report measure of a multidimensional approach to sense of humor that has been translated into over 25 different languages. The HSQ is a 32-item assessment of individual differences in four distinct styles of humor, as detailed in Martin’s model of humor styles. The HSQ is psychometrically sound, with appropriate levels of reliability and validity. Research across several countries documents the expected four-factor structure of the HSQ, corresponding to the four humor styles of the model (affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive, and self-defeating humor). Thus far, more than 150 studies have used the HSQ for research in personality, social, clinical, industrial-organizational, and developmental domains of psychology.

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Humor Style Humor Type Establish Construct Validity Great Positive Affect Aggressive Humor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology|University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brendan Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.Wichita State UniversityWichitaUSA