Humor as a means of communication varies from person to person. Therefore, humor styles also change. There are four types of humor classification according to humor styles. These are affiliative, self-enhancing, aggressive and self-defeating humor styles, respectively. In affiliative humor style, the person aims to entertain others. For this reason, people sometimes use humor types and variations. People who use self-enhancing humor style are able to look at life from a humorous perspective even in the case of stress and distress. People with aggressive humor do not consider how their humor affects the others. People who use self-defeating humor think that they will gain value by using humor at the cost of being mocked. This study was conducted to find out the humor styles of athletes with visual impairment. The study was conducted with a total of 184 athletes with visual impairment with different degree of vision in clubs of athletes with visual impairment. The participation in the study was done on a volunteer basis. An analysis of the humor styles of the athletes with visual impairment was carried out according to the gender of the participants, their disability status, sports branches, marital status, age groups, educational status, level of income and degree of vision. “Humor Styles Questionnaire” was used in the study as the data collection tool. In this study, where humor styles were analyzed, SPSS 22.00 program was used in quantitative research methods. Data are summarized by giving percentage and frequency tables. In this study, it was tested with 0, 05 significance level. It is seen that gender, status of the handicap, sports branches, level of income reveal a significant difference in athletes with visual impairment’ humor styles (p<0,05), but marital status, age groups, educational status and degree of vision do not reveal a significant difference in athletes with visual impairment’ humor styles (p>0,05). In future researches, it is recommended to evaluate the humor styles of athletes with visual impairment on the other invidiuals with disabilities. In addition, it is recommended to conduct a new study on how athletes with visual impairment and other invidiuals with disabilities use humor and how they are affected.


Humor, Visually Handicapped, Sports, Communication.

Author : ibrahim DALBUDAK - Öznur YAŞAR
Number of pages: 349-366
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The Journal of Social Sciences
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