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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.

Reference:

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 (294,430 points)
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