The aims of the present study were to develop a Russian adaptation of the GELOPH<15>, and to study gelotophobia in psychiatric patients.
The GELOPH<15> was administered to two samples. The sample 1 consisted of 216 men and women between 18-69 years, from Moscow and Kostroma, a relatively small Russian town. The sample 2 comprised three groups of young men: 14 with schizophrenia; 20 with affective disorders; and 40 as a control group.
The data obtained showed high reliability of the Russian GELOPH<15> (a=.83), its one-dimensional factor structure. Gelotophobia existed independently from age, sex and marital status. 7.41% of participants exceeded a cut-off score indicating at least slight expression of gelotophobic symptoms. The expression of gelotophobia was significantly higher in Kostroma than in Moscow. Gelotophobia was higher in psychiatric patients than in controls. The two clinical groups did not differ from each other.
The Russian version of the GELOPH<15> yielded good psychometric properties, the clinical study provided support for its validity, and it may be recommended for the future research of the fear of being laughed at. The results indicated that the fear of being laughed at was more pronounced in a smaller compared to a larger city. Psychiatric patients scored higher in gelotophobia than normal controls.