Can humour indicate children who are at risk of being bullied?

A study from the University of Keele has found that children who were bullied were more likely to make “self-defeating jokes” than those who weren’t bullied.  The researchers studied children aged 11-13 to examine the links between different types of humour and bullying.

The report found that where children use humour which is disparaging about themselves they are confirming a negative image of themselves; making fun of some aspect of their character or appearance  undermines their status and self-esteem.

Psychologist Dr Claire Fox is quoted as saying “What our study shows is that humour clearly plays an important role in how children interact with one another and that children who use humour to make fun of themselves are at more risk of being bullied.”

(Source: BBC News)