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Hřebíčková, M; Ficková, E; Klementová, M; Ruch, Willibald; Proyer, Rene T (2009). Strach ze zesměšnění: Česká a slovenská verze dotazníku GELOPH 15 pro zjišťování gelotofobie. Ceskoslovenska Psychologie, 5:468-479.

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Gelotophobia is defined as the fear of being laughed at. First empirical studies revealed that it is a valid and useful new concept. Furthermore, it was shown that it is of relevance among non-clinical groups and that it should be best conceptualized as a one-dimensional individual differences phenomenon. The present study presents first empirical data on the fear of being laughed at in the Czech Republic (N = 286) and in Slovakia (N = 440). It describes the adaptation of an instrument for the subjective assessment of gelotophobia to Czech and to Slovakian. The translations yielded good psychometric properties in terms of a high reliability (α ≥ .87). Especially, items referring to the avoidance of places where one has made an embarrassing impression (Czech Republic) and to controlling oneself strongly for not attracting negative attention for not making a ridiculous impression on others (Slovakia) yielded higher endorsements. Gelotophobia was not related to demographics, such as age, sex, and marital status (Czech Republic), but related to personality traits included in five-factor model. A stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that the five broad personality dimensions explained 41% (Czech sample) and 21% (Slovak sample) of fear of being laughed at. 6.29% (Czech Republic) and 6.14% (Slovakia) of the participants exceeded a cut-off score indicating at least a slight expression of gelotophobic symptoms. The GELOPH seems to be a useful instrument for further research on gelotophobia.



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Other titles:The fear of being laughed at: Czech and Slovak version of a questionnaire GELOPH<15> for gelotophobia
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Deposited On:18 Nov 2009 07:37
Last Modified:09 Jun 2016 09:20
Publisher:Akademie Ved Ceske Republiky
Official URL:http://cspsych.psu.cas.cz/archiv.php?from=630&to=637&what=5/2009
Related URLs:http://www.psychologie.uzh.ch/perspsy/gelotophobia/

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