RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN HUMOR DIMENSIONS AND BULLYING IN THE WORK PLACE
Burt, C.D.B. and Halseger, E., University of Canterbury, New Zealand
The relationship between bullying and sense of humor, and bullying and preferences for different types of humor was investigated within a New Zealand work context. The Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale (Thorson & Powell, 1993), the Humor and Humor Assessment Survey (Anthony, 1994), and an adapted version of the Bullying questionnaire (Matthieson, 2000) were used as measures. On hundred and thirty employees of a large industrial manufacturing plant participated in the study. Ratings of the funniness of 'sick' jokes were positively associated with bullying scores, and scores on the 'appreciation of humorous people' subscale of the Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale were negatively associated with bullying scores. These results indicate that bullies tend to find 'sick' jokes funny, and tend not to appreciate humor when it is used by other people.