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“Where’s your bum brain?” Humor, social understanding, and sibling relationship quality in early childhood

Paine, Amy L., Karajian, Gassiaa, Hashmi, Salim, Persram, Ryan J. and Howe, Nina 2021. “Where’s your bum brain?” Humor, social understanding, and sibling relationship quality in early childhood. Social Development 30 (2) , pp. 592-611. 10.1111/sode.12488

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Abstract

We investigated humor production in relation to social understanding and relationship quality in early childhood, by coding N = 72 5‐year‐olds’ (M = 5.78, SD = 0.41) spontaneous humor production during play with an older (n = 34; M age = 7.84 years, SD = 0.84) or younger sibling (M age = 3.72 years, SD = 0.54). Children who demonstrated better understanding of minds also produced more humor (preposterous statements and humorous anecdotes, and sound play). Types of humor were differentially associated with siblings’ ratings of positive rapport; associations were moderated by sibling constellation factors. Our findings highlight children’s humor production as an important marker of their understanding of minds and of their warm, positive relationships.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0961-205X
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 October 2020
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 13:07
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/135735

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