Understanding Prosocial Teasing in Adolescents

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe what prosocial teasing looks like in a cross sectional sample of middle and high school students.
  2. understand the relationship between prosocial teasing and empathy.
  3. understand the relationship between prosocial teasing and social–emotional skills.


Prosocial teasing is not well known or understood by educators. Prosocial teasing is intentional but playful verbal and nonverbal provocation meant to be funny (Keltner et al., 2001). The current study will examine and describe middle and high school students’ use of prosocial teasing. This study will examine the associations among prosocial teasing, social–emotional skills, and empathy for middle and high school students, and implications for school psychologists will be discussed.



Kristina L. Wiemer, Northern Illinois University
Christine K. Malecki, Northern Illinois University


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