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Telling jokes that disparage social groups: Effects on the joke teller's stereotypes

Maio, Gregory Richard ORCID:, Olson, J. M. and Bush, J. E. 1997. Telling jokes that disparage social groups: Effects on the joke teller's stereotypes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 27 (22) , pp. 1986-2000. 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb01636.x

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An experiment tested whether or not reciting disparaging humor about a disadvantaged group affects joke tellers' stereotypes of the group. In this experiment, we manipulated whether participants recited humor that disparaged Newfoundlanders, who are a relatively disadvantaged group in Canada, or nondisparaging humor. We then asked participants to complete a measure of their stereotypes and attitudes toward Newfoundlanders. Results indicated that participants who recited disparaging humor subsequently reported more negative stereotypes of Newfoundlanders than did participants who recited nondisparaging humor. Attitudes toward Newfoundlanders were not affected by the manipulation. Practical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1559-1816
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 08:53

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