Ruch Proyer

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Completed research project

Title / Titel Humor among the elderly
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Humor research has studied the sense of humor in adults but little is known about individual differences in humor among the elderly. The present project investigates various aspects of humor as measured by instruments such as VIA-IS humor scale (Peterson & Seligman, 2003; humor as a character strength), SHS (Sense of Humor Scale, McGhee, 1999) and PhoPhiKat (Ruch & Proyer, 2009) in samples of older participants. Attention is given to age-related differences and to causes of consequences of humor among the elderly.
Publications / Publikationen Platt, T., & Ruch, W. (2010). Gelotophobia and age: Do disposition towards ridicule and being laughed at predict coping with age-related vulnerabilities? Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 52, 231-244.

Platt, T., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2010). A lifetime of the fear of being laughed at: An aged perspective. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 36-41. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0083-z

Proyer, R. T. (in press). Playfulness over the life-course and its relation to happiness: Results from an online survey. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie.doi:10.1007/s00391-013-0539-z

Proyer, R. T., Ruch, W., & Müller, L. (2010). Sense of humor among the elderly: Findings with the German version of the SHS. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 19-24. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0082-0

Proyer, R. T., Ruch, W., & Rodden, F. A. (2012). First things first! Caveats in research on “Laughter Yoga”(Letter). International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 873-874. doi:10.1002/gps.2793

Ruch, W. & Hirsch, R. D. (2010). Humor und Heiterkeit im Alter: Ergebnisse aktueller Studien. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 5-7. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0093-x

Ruch, W., & Müller, L. (2009). Wenn Heiterkeit zur Therapie wird. Geriatrie Praxis Österreich, 3, 22-24.

Ruch, W., Proyer, R. T., & Weber, M. (2010). Humor as character strength among the elderly: Theoretical considerations. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 8-12. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0080-2

Ruch, W., Proyer, R. T., & Weber, M. (2010). Humor as character strength among the elderly: Empirical findings on age-related changes and its contribution to satisfaction with life. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43, 13-18. doi:10.1007/s00391-009-0090-0

Sarid, O., Melzer, I., Kurz, I., Shahar, D. R., & Ruch, W. (2010). The effect of helping behaviour and physical activity on mood states and depressive symptoms of elderly people. Clinical Gerontologist, 33, 270-282. doi:10.1080/07317115.2010.502105

Keywords / Suchbegriffe humor, ridicule, elderly, gelotophobia
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Dr. Willibald Ruch (Project Leader)
Dr. Rene Proyer (Project Leader)
lic phil Liliane Müller
MSc. Tracey Platt
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
No project-specific funding
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jul 2009 to Dec 2010