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Dealing with laughter and ridicule in adolescence: relations with bullying and emotional responses


Proyer, Rene T; Meier, Lukas E; Platt, Tracey; Ruch, Willibald (2013). Dealing with laughter and ridicule in adolescence: relations with bullying and emotional responses. Social Psychology of Education, 16(3):399-420.

Abstract

Weinvestigatedthefearofbeinglaughedat(gelotophobia),thejoyinbeing laughed at (gelotophilia), and the joy in laughing at others (katagelasticism) in adoles- cent students (N = 324, 13–15 years). Gelotophobia was associated primarily with the victim and katagelasticism with the bully-role (self- and peer reports). Gelotophobia correlated with laughing at oneself if experiencing an embarrassing situation. Gelo- tophilia increased with the propensity to laugh if observing or experiencing embarrass- ment; katagelasticism increased with laughing if observing something embarrassing in another person. Imagining potentially embarrassing situations was associated with greater feelings of anxiety, shame, sadness, and embarrassment; gelotophilia with joy and cheerfulness. The study breaks the ground for a better understanding on how adolescent students deal with laughter and ridicule.

Abstract

Weinvestigatedthefearofbeinglaughedat(gelotophobia),thejoyinbeing laughed at (gelotophilia), and the joy in laughing at others (katagelasticism) in adoles- cent students (N = 324, 13–15 years). Gelotophobia was associated primarily with the victim and katagelasticism with the bully-role (self- and peer reports). Gelotophobia correlated with laughing at oneself if experiencing an embarrassing situation. Gelo- tophilia increased with the propensity to laugh if observing or experiencing embarrass- ment; katagelasticism increased with laughing if observing something embarrassing in another person. Imagining potentially embarrassing situations was associated with greater feelings of anxiety, shame, sadness, and embarrassment; gelotophilia with joy and cheerfulness. The study breaks the ground for a better understanding on how adolescent students deal with laughter and ridicule.

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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
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:08 May 2013 10:54
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:47
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1381-2890
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11218-013-9221-y

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