ERIC Number: ED353513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Moral Development and Appreciation of Aggressive Humor: A Review of the Literature.
Nineteen empirical sources are reviewed with the purpose of evaluating the potential of the relationship between level of moral development and appreciation of aggressive humor for future inquiry. Sixteen articles generated from the superiority theory of humor are categorized as measuring appreciation of aggressive humor (and drama) in relation to characteristics of depicted protagonists and characteristics of depicted aggressive actions. Three sources directly addressing moral development in relation to appreciation of aggressive humor are characterized by distinct research problems and methodologies, thus rendering comparison of results difficult. Nonetheless, the moral development construct is shown to be useful in measuring appreciation of aggressive humor. The studies are critically examined, and threats to internal and external validity are discussed. Recommendations for future research emphasize investigation of the reliability and validity of instruments used to assess humor appreciation; computation of a humor appreciation score for each subject; and measurement of subject variables, along with moral development, to enhance interpretability of the data. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: For a related document, see ED 347 420.