241551 Effects of humor climate in class and personal evaluation of humor messages on adolescents' humor styles

Monday, October 31, 2011

Hong-Huei Wang, BS , School of Public Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Tai-Chung, Taiwan
Yi-Chen Chiang, PhD , School of Public Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
Lee-Lan Yen, ScD , Institute of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Fu-Li Chen , Department of Public Health, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei city, Taiwan
Wen-Chi Wu, PhD , Department of Nutrition and Health Science, Kainan University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
Dai-Chan Lin, MS , School of Public Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
Adolescents spend large amounts of time in the classroom environment. It is known that human behavior could be controlled or encouraged by environmental factors and personal evaluation processes. Previous studies found that adolescents aged between 12 and 16 years started to express their humor styles with aggressive components. However, this verbal bullying was very common and easily ignored. Therefore, the factors that influence adolescents' humor styles should be of concern, especially negative ones. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of humor climate in class and personal evaluation of humor messages on the junior high school students' humor styles in Taiwan. Four dimensions of humor messages and styles - self-devalued, other-devalued, funny actions, and intellective reactions - were used in this study. Data were derived from a nationally representative random sample of 1,746 students from 65 classes and then analyzed using multi-level modeling. After controlling participant's sex, grade, and academic performance, we found that humor climate in class and personal evaluation of humor messages of a certain humor style had a significantly positive effect on adolescents' corresponding humor style. Moreover, we found that humor climate in class had a bigger effect than personal evaluation of humor messages only on students' self-devalued humor style. In order to enhance the adolescents' positive humor styles and reduce negative ones, a literacy education course could be conducted to gauge their personal evaluation of humor messages in class. In addition, this might assist in detecting and averting negative humor climate in class.

Learning Areas:
Epidemiology
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the pattern and distribution of junior high school studentsí humor styles in Taiwan 2. Discuss the humor climate of class and evaluation of humor messages on studentsí humor styles

Keywords: Humor, Climate

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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Any relevant financial relationships? No

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