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Benevolent and Corrective Humor, Life Satisfaction, and Broad Humor Dimensions: Extending the Nomological Network of the BenCor Across 25 Countries

Sonja Heintz 1 Willibald Ruch 1 Simge Aykan 2 Ingrid Brdar 3 Dorota Brzozowska 4 Hugo Carretero-Dios 5 Hsueh-Chih Chen 6 Władysław Chłopicki 7 Incheol Choi 8 Alberto Dionigi 9 Róbert Ďurka 10 Thomas Ford 11 Angelika Güsewell 12 Robert Isler 13 Alyona Ivanova 14 Liisi Laineste 15 Petra Lajčiaková 10 Chloe Lau 16 Minha Lee 8 Stanca Măda 17 C Martin-Krumm 18, 19, 20 Andrés Mendiburo-Seguel 21 Ifu Migiwa 22 Nailya Mustafi 23 Atsushi Oshio 22 Tracey Platt 24 René Proyer 25 Angélica Quiroga-Garza 26 Tamilselvan Ramis 27 Răzvan Săftoiu 17 Donald Saklofske 16 Olga Shcherbakova 28 Alena Slezackova 29 Anastasios Stalikas 30 Ieva Stokenberga 31 Jorge Torres-Marín 5 Peter Wong 32
Abstract : Benevolent and corrective humor are two comic styles that have been related to virtue, morality, and character strengths. A previous study also supported the viability of measuring these two styles with the BenCor in 22 countries. The present study extends the previous one by including further countries (a total of 25 countries in 29 samples with N = 7813), by testing the revised BenCor (BenCor-R), and by adding two criterion measures to assess life satisfaction and four broad humor dimensions (social fun/entertaining humor, mockery, humor ineptness, and cognitive/reflective humor). As expected, the BenCor-R showed mostly promising psychometric properties (internal consistency and factorial validity). Consistent with previous studies, benevolent humor correlated positively with life satisfaction in most countries, while corrective humor was uncorrelated with life satisfaction. These relationships were only slightly changed when controlling for social fun/entertaining humor and mockery, respectively. Benevolent humor was mostly positively associated with cognitive/reflective humor, followed by social fun/entertaining humor and mockery. Corrective humor was mostly positively associated with mockery, followed by cognitive/reflective and social fun/entertaining humor, although these relationships differed between the countries. Overall, the present study supports the viability of benevolent and corrective humor, which has yet received insufficient attention in psychology, for cross-cultural investigations and applications of humor, well-being, and morality.
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Sonja Heintz, Willibald Ruch, Simge Aykan, Ingrid Brdar, Dorota Brzozowska, et al.. Benevolent and Corrective Humor, Life Satisfaction, and Broad Humor Dimensions: Extending the Nomological Network of the BenCor Across 25 Countries. Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer Verlag, 2019, 21, pp.2473-2492. ⟨10.1007/s10902-019-00185-9⟩. ⟨hal-02932110⟩

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