Norms for teasing among college students

Elizabeth Aronson, Heather Biegler, Bradley Bond, Ruth Anne Clark, Kristin Drogos, Mattea A. Garcia, Sarah G. Gleisner, Adrienne Hendee, Vincent Licciardello, Suzanne C. Linder, Sarah Mannone, Leigh Marshall, Vincent Pham, Robert Porter, Allison M. Scott, Joan M. Volkmann, Ashley Yahn

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When engaging in playful teasing, understanding the norms for acceptable teasing is critical. The present study surveyed beliefs concerning prescriptive and descriptive norms for teasing among 101 male and 88 female college students. Participants viewed a number of topics as unacceptable for teasing and indicated that a high percentage of common topics for teasing were more closely associated with the teasing of one sex. Both sexes expected men to experience being less upset by teasing, and to be more likely to reciprocate the teasing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Gender differences
  • Norms
  • Sex differences
  • Social acceptability
  • Teasing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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