The Role of a Woman's Sense of Humor in Coping with Mathematics Stereotype Threat
Hagadone, Kate M.
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The results of our first study suggest that women with a higher sense of coping humor are better able to manage the effects of stereotype threat than women with a lower sense of coping humor. One of the ways humor may decrease the negative effects of stereotype threat on performance is by decreasing an individual's fear of failing a particular task. Although there were limitations to the studies and future research is needed, Study I in particular provides ample evidence to support findings of Brown & Josephs (1999) that stereotype threat can decrease performance and numerous studies confirming humor as a coping mechanism (e.g., Nezu, et. aI, 1988). Overall, our findings provide interesting new infornlation on the use of humor as a coping mechanism for the effects ofstereotype threat.