|Institution:||University of Johannesburg|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10210/13735|
A correlation between academic achievement and academic self-concept has been well established during past studies. Academic self-concept may be influenced by the experience of academic stress, especially academic expectancy stress which is stress derived from the expectations of the self and significant others. With debilitating effects that academic expectancy stress may have on students, interventions need to be put in place to assist students in coping with the workload and also to protect their academic self-concept. The use of humour in an educational setting has been shown to be successful in assisting students in performing well academically. Different humour styles may, however, play a role in the relationship between academic expectancy stress and academic self-concept. This study focused on humour styles (self-enhancing, affiliative, self-defeating and aggressive humour styles) as moderators in the relationship between academic expectancy stress and academic self-concept. The sample of this study consisted of 976 undergraduate students from the University of Johannesburg. The Humour Styles Questionnaire, Academic Expectations Stress Inventory and the Academic Self-concept Scale were used to gather data. A correlational analysis was initially done to determine the relationships between the variables and to check for multicollinearity. Next, a moderated multiple regression analysis was done to determine if the four humour styles moderate the relationship between academic expectancy stress and academic self-concept ...