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Clinical implications of humor styles and their effect on intimate partner conflict

Nickolaisen, Steve (2016) Clinical implications of humor styles and their effect on intimate partner conflict. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 5.

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Regulating and resolving conflicts between intimate partners is a central component to relationship satisfaction. Conflict can result in a wide range of feelings and possible relational consequences, and is also associated with higher physiological arousal. Humor has garnered increasing research support as a factor that can exacerbate or placate conflict between intimate partners. Martin, Puhlik-Doris, Larsen, Gray, and Weir, (2003) delineated four qualitatively different humor styles (affiliative, self- enhancing, aggressive, and self-defeating humor). This categorical breakdown of humor styles allows an exploration in this article of how affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive, and self-defeating humor affect conflict, and what implications this has in a counseling setting.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: wellness, humor, conflict, arousal, humor styles, affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive, self-defeating, teasing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 21:38
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2340

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