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Autistic People, Gelotophobia, Gelotophilia and Katagelasticism: a Narrative Review

Keates, Nathan and Waldock, Krysia Emily (2023) Autistic People, Gelotophobia, Gelotophilia and Katagelasticism: a Narrative Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2195-7185

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Gelotophobia (fear of being laughed at) is an under-researched phenomenon in autistic people, yet can have a significant impact on autistic people's quality of life. A narrative review was undertaken to explore if gelotophobia and being autistic are related and what is currently known in the academic literature regarding gelotophilia (joy of being laughed at) and katagelasticism (excessively enjoying laughing at other) in autistic people. Only five studies were found, and the small evidence base describes autistic people as more likely to be gelotophobes. Most studies used theory of mind as an explanation for gelotophobia in autistic people; however, the lack of focus on other relevant theories is highlighted and discussed, providing additional avenues for future research.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Gelotophobia · Gelotophilia · Katagelasticism · Autism · Laughter · Review
Depositing User: Nathan Keates


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ISSN: 2195-7185
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 15:15
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2023 08:01


Author: Nathan Keates
Author: Krysia Emily Waldock

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University of Sunderland in London


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