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ERIC Number: EJ1039382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Dealing with Laughter and Ridicule in Adolescence: Relations with Bullying and Emotional Responses
Proyer, René T.; Meier, Lukas E.; Platt, Tracey; Ruch, Willibald
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v16 n3 p399-420 Sep 2013
We investigated the fear of being laughed at (gelotophobia), the joy in being laughed at (gelotophilia), and the joy in laughing at others (katagelasticism) in adolescent 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. Gelotophilia increased with the propensity to laugh if observing or experiencing embarrassment; 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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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