11-3 | Profiles of Playful Men and Playful Women


Profiles of Playful Men and Playful Women
Personality and Humor-Related Attributes

Lynn A. Barnett


Research about playfulness in adults has viewed it as something that ema- nates from personality and other individualized characteristics, and therefore many previous studies adopted a trait approach to predict playfulness, largely ignoring gender differences. The author conducted a facet-level analysis of the so-called big-five personality predictors and of four humor-related attri- butes and analyzed whether playfulness should be considered individually or compositely. She generated hypotheses from the extant literature and sur- veyed hundreds of undergraduates to discover characteristics distinctly dif- ferent between the playfulness of young adult men and women. Keywords: adult playfulness; gender and play; personality and play