BPS Developmental Psychology Conference Presentations

We have recently learnt that our symposium proposal , concerning humour use in child development, has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the BPS Developmental Psychology Section, which this year is taking place at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Beyond our symposium, our Co-Investigator, Simon Hunter has been successful in his oral presentation submission, concerning our project. The title and abstract of his talk is pasted below:

Humour Styles as Moderators and Mediators of the Relationship Between Peer-Victimisation and Internalising.

Peer-victimisation is associated with numerous, negative psycho-social outcomes and meta-analyses indicate that internalising difficulties are particularly salient. Given the inherently social nature of humour, and previous work supporting the association of humour with wellbeing, we investigated whether specific humour styles mediated or moderated the relationship between peer-victimisation and depressive symptomatology. Peer-reports of physical, verbal, and indirect peer-victimisation were collected for 1,241 English adolescents aged 11-13 years old. Self-reports of humour style and depression were also collected. Analyses using Structural Equation Modeling revealed no moderation by humour was evident. Verbal victimisation had the largest association with depressive symptomatology and a positive association between verbal victimisation combined with large, positive association between self-defeating humour and depressive symptomatology provides evidence for an indirect pathways via self-defeating humour use. The implications of these results for our understanding of peer-victimisation, adjustment, and humour are considered.

If you are interested in Simon’s talk, and our symposium, you might also want to look at Lucy James’ poster. Her title and abstract is pasted below:

The Development of a Humour Styles Questionnaire for Young Children

Previous research has identified adaptive and maladaptive humour styles in adults and older children using humour styles questionnaires. The aim of this research was to develop a reliable, valid measure for investigating aggressive and affiliative humour in younger children, under the age of eleven. Associations between uses of humour, social competence, humour appreciation and creation were also considered. Two hundred and fifty children aged 8-11 completed the Humour Styles Questionnaire for younger children (child HSQ-Y), alongside Harter’s (1985) questionnaire to assess children’s self-perceived social competence (SPSC) and two tasks involving cartoons to measure children’s humour appreciation and creation. A clear two-factor structure to the child HSQ-Y was identified, with both sub-scales showing acceptable levels of internal reliability. Significant relationships were also found between the different subscales such as affiliative humour and self-perceived social competence. A reliable measure for investigating humour styles in children under the age of eleven has been developed. Longitudinal research is needed to disentangle the causal pathways and to examine further the links between young children’s humour styles, social competence and other humour behaviours.

Presentation Times

Date Time Presentation
                   05/09/2012 3.00-4.40pm Humour Symposium (Symposium 4)
05/09/2012 4.40-5.40pm Lucy James(Poster Session)
06/09/2012 10.20am Simon Hunter(part of Symposium 7, from 9.00-10.40am)
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