Coping Humor Scale (CHS)
Authors
Rod A. Martin & Herbert M. Lefcourt
Category
Self-report scale
Description
The CHS consists of 7 items, each of which is a self-descriptive statement about the use of humor in coping with life stress. Respondents rate the degree to which each statement describes them on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree). Sample items: I usually look for something comical to say when I am in tense situations, and It has been my experience that humor is often a very effective way of coping with problems.
Number of Items
7 items
Measures
Coping humor
Population
Adults and adolescents
Applications

The CHS has been used in research on the use of humor in coping with stress and the association between sense of humor and both mental and physical health. (Note, however, that the Self-enhancing Humor scale of the Humor Styles Questionnaire measures essentially the same construct as the CHS, and has better reliability.

Note: The first author indicates that the newer Humor Styles Questionnaire taps the same construct as the CHS and provides better reliability. For this reason, the HSQ is the preferred over the CHS.

Time
5 minutes
Availability
Contact Rod Martin at ramartin@uwo.ca.
Validity & Reliability Information
Internal consistencies of .60 to .70. Evidence of validity includes significant correlations with peer ratings of humor, rated funniness of humorous monologues created in stressful situations, and scores on other self-report measures of humor, self-esteem, psychological well-being, coping, etc.
Reference Articles

Martin, R. A. (1996). The Situational Humor Response Questionnaire (SHRQ) and Coping Humor      Scale (CHS): A decade of research findings. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 9,      251-272.

Martin, R. A., & Lefcourt, H. M. (1983). Sense of humor as a moderator of the relation between      stressors and moods. Journal of Social and Personality Psychology, 45, 1313-1324.

Online Materials
                                                          Two Sample Items