ERIC Number: ED379176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Appreciation of Presidential Editorial Cartoons in Relation to Self-Consciousness.
Prerost, Frank J.
This paper reports findings of a study examining the appreciation of editorial cartoons as a function of personal characteristics rather than group membership. The variables examined were self-consciousness and the ability to utilize humor as a coping mechanism. Appreciation of editorial cartoons during the 1992 presidential campaign was measured among college students. It was expected that self-consciousness would be related to the appreciation of editorial cartoons reflecting on the candidates and campaign themes. High self-consciousness was expected to be related to endorsement of ideas easily defensible in the college population. The capacity to utilize humor as a coping strategy was expected to be related positively to overall appreciation of editorial cartoons. The participants were 80 volunteers from introductory psychology classes at a midwestern university. The subjects completed an initial stage of assessment when they completed a survey containing the self-consciousness scale and the coping humor scale. Then the subjects rated a series of cartoons for level of funniness on a 7-point scale. Analysis of the appreciation scores showed that a significant main effect for self-consciousness was obtained. Considering the coping with humor scores, high scorers showed greater humor appreciation than low scorers. This finding supports the expectation that persons disposed to the utilization of humor in coping situations would appreciate editorial cartoons to a greater extent than low scorers on this dimension. Results appeared to reflect a tendency among high self-consciousness individuals to show views perceived as acceptable on the college campus during the 1992 presidential campaign. Contains 16 references. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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