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Is brontophobia less common than claustrophobia?

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The answer is yes. Brontophobia, also known as astraphobia, is less common than claustrophobia. Brontophobia is an extreme fear of thunder and lightning, whereas claustrophobia is a fear of confined spaces. Both are specific phobias, and more specifically, both are situational phobias.

Brontophobia has a prevalence rate of 2%, whereas claustrophobia has a prevalence of 4% (Fredrikson et al., 1996). Thus, claustrophobia is more common than brontophobia.


Gender and age differences in the prevalence of specific fears and phobias. Fredrikson M, Annas P, Fischer H, Wik G. Behav Res Ther. 1996 Jan;34(1):33-9.

answered Nov 11, 2015 by drcarlo (295,840 points)