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Title / Titel Here, there and everywhere? A multi-national project on gelotophobia, the fear of being laughed at
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Summary / Zusammenfassung This project is part of a broader project relating to the study of gelotophobia, the fear of being laughed at. Our prior research showed that while gelotophobia is more prevalent in certain groups of patients, tremendous individual differences exist among normal adults. Nowadays, gelotophobia is studied as an individual differences phenomenon at a sub-clinical level. Studies conducted with adults from the German language area (Switzerland, Germany, and Austria) suggested that the prevalence of gelotophobic symptoms in these samples was between 5 and 10%. The aims of the current study are, among others, to (a) provide evidence for the existence of the phenomenon in different countries, (b) evaluate the psychometric properties of an instrument for the subjective assessment of gelotophobia, and (c) evaluate the effects of putative causes of that fear. Researchers from more than 45 countries from all continents and all cultural regions were invited to participate in the multi-national study. The study involves the administration of one instrument for the assessment of gelotophobia which will be adapted to the culture (using a standardized translation and back-translation procedure). The scale and all translations will be available as a free research instrument to anyone interest in gelotophobia research from a Web Site of the initiators of the project that accompanies the project. Data from close to 80 countries are already available. Follow-up projects also involve the cross-cultural assessment of gelotophilia (the joy in being laughed at) and katagelasticism (the joy of laughing at others).
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Publications / Publikationen Carretero-Dios, H., Proyer, R. T., Ruch, W., & Rubio V. J. (2010). The Spanish version of the GELOPH<15>: Properties of a questionnaire for the assessment of the fear of being laughed at. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 10, 345-357.

Chen, G.-H., Liao, C.-c., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2010). Gelophobia in China: On the assessment of the fear of being laughed at. China Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 887-889.

Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2013). Being laughed at and laughing at others in Taiwan and Switzerland: A cross-cultural perspective. In J. R. M. Davis, & J. V. Chey (Eds.), Modern and contemporary approaches to humour in China (Vol 2. of Humour in Chinese life and letters; pp. 215-229). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Chen, H. C., Chan, Y. C., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2011). Evaluating the reliability and validity of a traditional Chinese version of the PhoPhiKat-45. Psychological Testing, 58, 119-145.

Chlopicki, W., Radomska, A., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2010). The assessment of the fear of being laughed at in Poland: Translation and first evaluation of the Polish GELOPH<15>. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 41, 172-181. doi:10.2478/v10059-010-0022-2 />

Ďurka, R., & Ruch, W. (2015). The location of three dispositions towards ridicule in the five-factor personality model in the population of Slovak adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 72, 177–181. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.08.045

Forabosco, G., Dore, M., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2009). Psicopatologia della paura di essere deriso. Un’indagine sulla gelotofobia in Italia. Giornale di Psicologia, 3, 183-190

Führ, M., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2009). Assessing the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): First evaluation of the Danish GELOPH<15>. Nordic Psychology, 61, 62-73. doi:10.1027/1901-2276.61.2.62.

Hrebícková, M., Ficková, E., Klementová, M., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2009). Strach ze zesmesnení: Ceská a slovenská verze dotazníku pro zjistování gelotofobie [The Fear of being laughted at: The Czech and Slovak version of the GELOPH 15 for the assessment of gelotophobia]. Ceskoslovenská Psychologie, 53(5), 469-480.

Kamble, S. V., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2014). Gelotophobia in India: The assessment of the fear of being laughed at with the Kannada version of the GELOPH<15>. Psychological Studies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s12646-014-0254-x

Kazarian, S., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2009). Gelotophobia in the Lebanon: The Arabic version of a questionnaire for the subjective assessment of the fear of being laughed at. Arab Journal of Psychiatry, 20, 42-56.

Platt, T., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2009). Gelotophobia and bullying: The assessment of the fear of being laughed at and its application among bullying victims. Psychology Science Quarterly, 51(2), 135-147.

Proyer, R. T., Ruch, W., & Chen, G.-H. (2012). Gelotophobia: Life satisfaction and happiness across cultures. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 25, 23-40. doi:10.1515/humor-2012-0002

Proyer, R. T, Ruch, W., Ali, N. S., Al-Olimat, H. S., Amemiya T., Adal, T. A., Ansari, S. A., Arhar, Š., Asem, G., Baudin, N., Bawab S., Bergen, D., Brdar, I., Brites, R., Brunner-Sciarra, M., Carrell A., Carretero Dios, H., Celik, M., Ceschi, G., Chang, K, Chao-chih, L., Cheryomukhin, A., Chik, M. P. Y., Chlopicki, W., Cranney, J., Dahourou, D., Doosje, S., Dore, M., El-Arousy, N., Fickova, E., Führ, M., Gallivan, J., Geling, H., Germikova, L., Giedraityte, M., Goh, A., González, R. D., Guohai, C., Ho, S. K., Hrebícková, M., Jaime, B., Jun, W., Hertzberg Kaare, B., Kamble, S., Kazarian, S., Kerkkanen, P., Klementová, M., Kobozeva, I. M., Kovjanic, S., Kumaraswamy, N., Lampert, M., Levesque, M., Loizou, E., Loving, R. D., Lyttle, J., Machline, V. C., McGoldrick, S., Min, L., McRorie, M., Mõttus, R, Munyae, M. M., Navia, C. E., Nkhalamba, M., Pedrini, P. P., Petkova, M., Platt, T., Popa, D.-E., Radomska, A., Rashid, T., Rawlings, D., Rubio, V. J., Samson, A. C., Sarid, O., Shams, S., Sisokohm, S., Jakob, S., Snikhovska, I., Stephanenko, E. A., Stokenberga, L., Stuer, H., Tanoto, Y. S. R., Tapia, L., Taylor, J., Thibault, P., Thompson, A., Thörn, H., Toyota, H., Ujlaky, J., Vanno, V., van der Westhuizen, B., Wijayathilake, D., Wong, P. S. O., Wycoff, E. B, & Yeun, E. J. (2009). Breaking ground in cross-cultural research on the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): A multi-national study involving 73 countries. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 22(1-2), 253-279. doi:10.1515/HUMR.2009.012

Ruch, W., Proyer, R. T., & Popa, D. E. (2008). The fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia) and personality. In: Anuarul Institutului de Istorie “G. Baritiu” din Cluj-Napoca (Ed.), Series Humanistica (Vol. VI, p. 53-68). Cluj-Napoca: Romania.

Sarid, O., Ruch, W., & Proyer, R. T. (2011). Gelotophobia in Israel: On the assessment of the fear of being laughed at. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 48, 12-18.

Samson, A. C., Proyer, R. T., Ceschi, G., Pedrini, P. P., & Ruch, W. (2011). The fear of being laughed at in Switzerland: Are there regional differences and the role of positive psychology. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 70, 53-62. doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000039

Samson, A. C., Thibault, P., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2010). The subjective assessment of the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia): Adaptation of the French version of the GELOPH<15>. European Review of Applied Psychology/Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée, 60, 247-253. doi:10.1016/j.erap.2010.07.002

Stefanenko, E. A., Ivanova, E.M., Enikopolov, S.N., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2011). Diagnosing the fear of being laughed at: Russian adaptation of the gelotophobia questionnaire [Диагностика страха выглядеть смешным: русскоязычная адаптация опросника гелотофобии]. Psychological Journal [Психологический журнал], 32, 94-108.

Ujlaky, J., Proyer, R. T., & Ruch, W. (2012). The fear of being laughed at in Hungary: Assessing gelotophobia with the Hungarian version of the GELOPH<15>. In A. T. Litovkina, J. Sollosy, P. Medgyes, & W. Chlopicki (Eds.), Hungarian Humour (Humor and Culture Series: 3, pp. 271-283). Krakow, Poland: Tertium Society for the Promotion of Language Studies.

Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. Rene Proyer (Project Leader) r.proyer@psychologie.uzh.ch
Prof. Willibald Ruch w.ruch@psychologie.uzh.ch
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Others
 
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Collaborators in > 75 countries
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Jan 2007 to Oct 2013