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The relationship of teasing in childhood to the expression of gelotophobia in adults


Ruch, Willibald; Proyer, Rene T; Ventis, L (2010). The relationship of teasing in childhood to the expression of gelotophobia in adults. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 52(1):77-93.

Abstract

In observations from clinical practice, the origin of gelotophobia, the fear of being laughed at, was traced back to traumatizing experiences of being laughed at in childhood. Because gelotophobia is assumed to be mediated by a personal sense of shame, this hypothesis was tested using a group of gelotophobes (N = 99), a shame-based clinical group (N = 103), a non shame-based clinical group (N = 166), and normal controls (N = 495). While gelotophobes and the shame-based group reported having had more traumatizing experiences than the normal controls and the non shame-based group, their intensity and frequency did not explain individual differences in the fear of being laughed at for gelotophobes and the shame-based group.

In observations from clinical practice, the origin of gelotophobia, the fear of being laughed at, was traced back to traumatizing experiences of being laughed at in childhood. Because gelotophobia is assumed to be mediated by a personal sense of shame, this hypothesis was tested using a group of gelotophobes (N = 99), a shame-based clinical group (N = 103), a non shame-based clinical group (N = 166), and normal controls (N = 495). While gelotophobes and the shame-based group reported having had more traumatizing experiences than the normal controls and the non shame-based group, their intensity and frequency did not explain individual differences in the fear of being laughed at for gelotophobes and the shame-based group.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:gelotophobia, fear, laughter, shame, childhood
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:31 Mar 2010 04:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
Publisher:Pabst Science Publishers
ISSN:2190-0493
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/index.php?id=inhaltlesen&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1379&tx_ttnews[backPid]=204&cHash=e0b6125116
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33203

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