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Self-reported use of humor by hospitalized pre-adolescent children to cope with pain-related distress from a medical intervention

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • This study addresses a measurement gap on the humor-pain interface in pre-adolescent children. 57 hospitalized children aged 6-12 years who had undergone a medical intervention completed measures of pain intensity and unpleasantness (Colored Analogue Scale), general pain coping style (Pain Coping Questionnaire), humor coping - creation, general, and pain-specific (child version of the Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale, and a new measure, the Sydney Children's Hospital Humor Coping Scale for Children). The results supported predictions that (a) use of pain-specific humor-coping would be positively associated with an adaptive problem-focused coping style, and (b) an emotion-focused pain coping style would be inversely related to use of humor coping. Results also supported the hypothesis that humor coping would be more strongly (and inversely) related to ratings of pain unpleasantness rather than sensory intensity. The data provide preliminary evidence for the reliability and validity of the Sydney Children's Hospital Humor Coping Scale for Children. © Walter de Gruyter.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Goodenough, B., & Ford, J. (2005). Self-reported use of humor by hospitalized pre-adolescent children to cope with pain-related distress from a medical intervention. In Humor Vol. 18 (pp. 279-298). doi:10.1515/humr.2005.18.3.279

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-24944450968

Start Page


  • 279

End Page


  • 298

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • This study addresses a measurement gap on the humor-pain interface in pre-adolescent children. 57 hospitalized children aged 6-12 years who had undergone a medical intervention completed measures of pain intensity and unpleasantness (Colored Analogue Scale), general pain coping style (Pain Coping Questionnaire), humor coping - creation, general, and pain-specific (child version of the Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale, and a new measure, the Sydney Children's Hospital Humor Coping Scale for Children). The results supported predictions that (a) use of pain-specific humor-coping would be positively associated with an adaptive problem-focused coping style, and (b) an emotion-focused pain coping style would be inversely related to use of humor coping. Results also supported the hypothesis that humor coping would be more strongly (and inversely) related to ratings of pain unpleasantness rather than sensory intensity. The data provide preliminary evidence for the reliability and validity of the Sydney Children's Hospital Humor Coping Scale for Children. © Walter de Gruyter.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Goodenough, B., & Ford, J. (2005). Self-reported use of humor by hospitalized pre-adolescent children to cope with pain-related distress from a medical intervention. In Humor Vol. 18 (pp. 279-298). doi:10.1515/humr.2005.18.3.279

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-24944450968

Start Page


  • 279

End Page


  • 298

Volume


  • 18

Issue


  • 3