Proneness to, perceptions of, and responses to teasing: the influence of both intrapersonal and interpersonal factors



In spite of the frequency with which people tease and are teased by others, until recently surprisingly little research attention has been devoted to the phenomenon of teasing, and existing research has been plagued by conceptual disparities and relatively atheoretical formulations of teasing. To address these problems, a social interactionist model of teasing is presented as a framework for examining intrapersonal and interpersonal variables that influence a perpetrator's willingness to tease and the target's susceptibility to victimization and reactions to being teased. Representative variables include personality characteristics, past history with teasing, affect, the nature of the relationship between the target and the perpetrator, and the presence of an audience. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.