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Assessing the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): First evaluation of the Danish GELOPH<15>


Führ, M; Proyer, Rene T; Ruch, Willibald (2009). Assessing the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): First evaluation of the Danish GELOPH<15>. Nordic Psychology, 61(2):62-73.

Abstract

Gelotophobia is defined as the fear of being laughed at. Recent empirical studies revealed that it is a valid and useful new concept also in the realm of normality. Furthermore, it was shown that it should be best conceptualized as a one-dimensional individual differences phenomenon ranging from no fear to extreme fear of being laughed at. The present study presents empirical data on the fear of being laughed at in Denmark (N = 247). It describes the adaptation of the standard instrument for the subjective assessment of gelotophobia to Danish. The translation yielded good psychometric properties in terms of a high internal consistency of the items (α = .84) and the factorial structure (one-dimensional solution) was highly similar to findings with the original instrument. Gelotophobia was more prevalent among younger participants, males, and participants that were currently in a relationship. The application of cut-off scores in the questionnaire that indicate different levels of gelotophobia indicated that a low number of participants in the sample (< 2%) were gelotophobes. Therefore, fearing to be laughed at does not seem to be prevalent in the everyday life of Danes. Nevertheless, gelotophobia might be more prevalent among specific groups (e.g., victims of bullying).

Abstract

Gelotophobia is defined as the fear of being laughed at. Recent empirical studies revealed that it is a valid and useful new concept also in the realm of normality. Furthermore, it was shown that it should be best conceptualized as a one-dimensional individual differences phenomenon ranging from no fear to extreme fear of being laughed at. The present study presents empirical data on the fear of being laughed at in Denmark (N = 247). It describes the adaptation of the standard instrument for the subjective assessment of gelotophobia to Danish. The translation yielded good psychometric properties in terms of a high internal consistency of the items (α = .84) and the factorial structure (one-dimensional solution) was highly similar to findings with the original instrument. Gelotophobia was more prevalent among younger participants, males, and participants that were currently in a relationship. The application of cut-off scores in the questionnaire that indicate different levels of gelotophobia indicated that a low number of participants in the sample (< 2%) were gelotophobes. Therefore, fearing to be laughed at does not seem to be prevalent in the everyday life of Danes. Nevertheless, gelotophobia might be more prevalent among specific groups (e.g., victims of bullying).

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:laughter, humor, fear, shame, gelotophobia
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:27 May 2009 07:35
Last Modified:09 Jun 2016 09:20
Publisher:Dansk psykologisk Forlag
ISSN:1901-2276
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1027/1901-2276-61.2.62

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