A review of literature yields the clear statement that having a sense of humor is a positive attribute. However, the specifics of humor scope and implications have been studied and debated for years. Researchers have put forth much effort to determine definitions, theories, benefits, and challenges of humor as it relates to children and adults. Humor research in the area of psychology began in 1887. Since that time, thousands of contributions have been published to address the variety of theories contributing to the development of humor in children such as psychoanalytic, social interaction, and cognitive: incongruity-resolution theories. Additionally, significant contributions have been dedicated to individual and group differences in humor based on age, gender, race, and disability. Humor in the educational setting for students, in the workplace for adults, and in relationships during all stages of life have also received noteworthy attention in the research. This humor research review consists of a wide range of examples to address the multifaceted and complex topic of humor scholarship, particularly children’s humor.
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