Gelotophobia and bullying : The assessment of the fear of being laughed at and its application among bullying victims

  • Platt T
  • Proyer R
  • Ruch W
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Within the framework of social interaction this paper relates experiences of being bullied to the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia) in two empirical studies. Study 1 = 252) describes the adaptation of a German-language instrument for the assessment of gelotophobia into English (the "%&'()+). The translation yielded good psychometric properties (high reliability; = .90). The one-factor solution of the original version could be replicated. Gelotophobia existed independently of age and gender but was more prevalent among those who were single. 13% exceeded a cut-off score, indicating a slight expression of gelotophobic symptoms. Study 2 = 102) used the English GELOPH together with an instrument for assessing emotional reactions in mean-spirited ridicule and good-natured teasing situations (the ,-.-/01234256-7839/275:-;3

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  • bullying
  • gelotophobia
  • humour
  • test adaptation

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  • Tracey Platt

  • René T Proyer

  • Willibald Ruch

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