Singaporean humor: A cross-cultural, cross-gender comparison

Citation
O. Nevo et al., Singaporean humor: A cross-cultural, cross-gender comparison, J GEN PSYCH, 128(2), 2001, pp. 143-156
Citations number
40
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0022-1309 → ACNP
Volume
128
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
143 - 156
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-1309(200104)128:2<143:SHACCC>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
One hundred and nineteen undergraduate students (62 men and 57 women) of Ch inese origin at the National University of Singapore answered three self-re port humor questionnaires. Students were also asked to supply their favorit e joke (M. A. Johnson, 1991) and a description of a person with an outstand ing sense of humor (M. Crawford & D. Gressley, 1991). These responses were compared with results obtained using the same questionnaires and methods in previous studies in Israel and the United States. In general, means and re liabilities of results obtained from the Singapore study replicated those f ound in other countries. However, Singaporean participants reported signifi cantly less use of humor for coping. Content analysis of jokes supplied by Singaporean students reflected conservative values: Compared with American students, they reported a significantly greater number of jokes with aggres sive content and relatively fewer jokes with sexual content. Contrary to ex pectations, very few gender differences were found. Regardless of gender, a majority of participants nominated a man as an example of a person with an outstanding sense of humor.