ERIC Number: ED347420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Moral Development and Appreciation of Aggressive Humor.
Friedman-Erickson, Sharon; And Others
Intuitively, it would seem that moral development and aggressive humor address many of the same issues in that both are concerned with judgments about interpersonal conflict and inequality of exchange. This study examined the relation between level of moral development and appreciation of aggressive humor. Community college students (N=190) were assessed for moral development using the Defining Issues Test, a standardization of Kohlberg's formulation. In addition subjects rated 11 insult jokes for funniness and justifiability of aggression. A hierarchical linear model was used to analyze the relation among the variables. Results showed that the relation of justifiability to funniness was moderated by level of moral development. In addition, justifiability related differently to funniness for males and females. Finally, the relation of level of moral development to funniness differed for males and females. The results of this study lend support to the hypothesis that the relation between funniness and justifiability of aggression of insult jokes is dependent upon level of moral development. Appreciation of aggressive humor was more related to justifiability of the aggressive content for high moral development subjects than for low moral development subjects. In addition, justifiability of aggression was a more important consideration in humor appreciation for males than for females. Finally, there were greater differences in appreciation of aggressive humor across levels of moral development for males than for females. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (38th, Austin, TX, April 16-18, 1992).