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Humor and group atmosphere: Development of a short scale for evaluating affiliative and aggressive humor in groups

Petru Lucian Curseu (Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and Open University of The Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands)
Oana Catalina Fodor (Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 10 October 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

Given the importance of humor in interpersonal communication in groups and the influence of the positive group atmosphere on group effectiveness, this paper aims to provide initial empirical evidence supporting the validity of a short measure for affiliative and aggressive humor.

Design/methodology/approach

Starting from existing individual-level measures of humor, this paper develops a short measure of affiliative and aggressive humor in groups. The reliability and validity of this scale in a combined Dutch and Romanian sample are tested.

Findings

The results support the reliability of the scale, its factorial structure and its predictive validity for positive group atmosphere. Moreover, this papers shows that the measure used in this study captures the affiliative and aggressive humor as group-level phenomena and it is shown that these two forms of humor are antecedents of collective emotional intelligence and group atmosphere.

Research limitations/implications

This study provides a starting point for further research on the role of affiliative and aggressive humor in groups.

Originality/value

This paper develops a bi-dimensional measure capturing affiliative and aggressive humor in groups and opens new venues for research that extend the knowledge and understanding of the use of humor in interpersonal communication in groups.

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Citation

Curseu, P.L. and Fodor, O.C. (2016), "Humor and group atmosphere: Development of a short scale for evaluating affiliative and aggressive humor in groups", Team Performance Management, Vol. 22 No. 7/8, pp. 370-382. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-04-2015-0022

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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