Effects of exposure to anti-homosexual humor on individuals' tolerance of and anticipated feelings of compunction about discrimination

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dc.contributor.author Strain, Megan L.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-07T16:48:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-07T16:48:36Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-07T16:48:36Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4024
dc.description.abstract This research examines the effect of exposure to anti-gay humor on individuals’ tolerance of anti-gay discrimination. Participants were exposed to one of four conditions in a 2 (message type; joke or statement) x 2 (disparagement; anti-gay or neutral) design. They read vignettes that contained anti-gay jokes or statements, or neutral jokes or statements. Individuals’ sexual prejudice, humor styles, discrimination tolerance, feelings of compunction, and perceptions of others’ tolerance were also measured. Results showed that individuals exposed to humorous stimuli were more tolerant of discrimination, compared to those exposed to non-humorous stimuli. Further, levels of discrimination tolerance were significantly related both to individuals’ levels of sexual prejudice and their preference for an aggressive humor style. No significant interaction effects were found among these variables. These findings contribute to the literature on disparaging humor by examining its effects on targets of a different social group, and by incorporating humor style as a potential moderating variable. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject disparagement humor en_US
dc.subject discrimination en_US
dc.subject Prejudiced Norm Theory en_US
dc.subject tolerance en_US
dc.subject sexual prejudice en_US
dc.subject humor style en_US
dc.title Effects of exposure to anti-homosexual humor on individuals' tolerance of and anticipated feelings of compunction about discrimination en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Psychology en_US
dc.description.advisor Donald A. Saucier en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology, Social (0451) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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