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Humor in intimate relationships: Ties among sense of humor, similarity in humor and relationship quality

  • Dick P. H. Barelds and Pieternel Barelds-Dijkstra
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The present study examined relations between different aspects of humor and relationship quality. Participants, 114 married or cohabiting heterosexual couples from the general community, with a mean relationship length of 22 years, completed a number of measures assessing these two themes. We expected different aspects of humor of both partners to be positively related to relationship quality. In addition, we expected partners to resemble each other with regard to the different aspects of humor, and similarity with regard to humor to be related positively to relationship quality. The hypotheses were partially confirmed. APIM analyses revealed only one significant actor and one significant partner effect of sense of humor. Partners did resemble each other with regard to sense of humor, but couple similarity with regard to sense of humor was unrelated to relationship quality.

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Published Online: 2010-11-04
Published in Print: 2010-October

© 2010 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin/New York

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