Alcohol dependence and humor styles

Julie Aitken Schermer*, Marisa L. Kfrerer, Michael T. Lynskey

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study explores the relationship between alcohol dependence and humor styles based on a large data set of 2752 adults. Participants completed a humor styles questionnaire, assessing four dimensions: affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive, and self-defeating. Participants also completed a telephone survey assessing their lifetime use and problems with alcohol. The survey classified individuals as meeting or failing to meet the DSM-IV definition of alcohol dependence. Logistic regression analyses in predicting alcohol dependence categorization resulted in a 95.6% correct classification and two significant predictors: being a man and aggressive humor style scores. These results show that those who characteristically engage in an aggressive humor style, are more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Adult human
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Humor styles


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