IN BOX INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS BY JOH N S. WESTEFELD, AARO N LESS, TIM ANSLEY, HYU N SOO K YI examples of how debilitating the n a 1996 paper in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, our lead phenomenon can be. I author introduced "severe- Quantitative data concerning weather phobia" as a term, defin- severe-weather phobia remain ing this condition as "an intense, nonexistent, as far as we know, debilitating, unreasonable fear of though there have been related severe weather." The term "severe articles dealing with such topics weather" was defined as severe as winter storm phobia (Wang), thunderstorms or tornadoes. thunder phobia (Barkham and The exploratory study in 1996 Hobson; Matthey), and anxiety about hurricanes (Lonigan et of severe-weather phobia based its findings on interviews with al.) and tornadoes (Greening and Dollinger). 81 people who described them- selves as severe-weather phobics. In an effort to gather some Sixty-five of the 81 subjects (80%) quantitative data related to se- indicated that the onset of their phobia occurred as vere-weather phobia, we recently developed a ques- a result of a previous encounter with a severe storm tionnaire completed by 139 people. The question- (using the National Weather Service definition: naire examined
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