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Fear Of Clowns Questionnaire

Are clowns your secret nemesis? Take this test and unveil the mysteries of 'coulrophobia.'

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | December 21, 2023

Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. It can cause intense anxiety or discomfort when an individual encounters a clown, or even just the idea or image of them. This fear is often present in children as well as adults in varying degrees.

The presence of clowns in various cultural contexts and entertainment spheres prompts an exploration into the extent of coulrophobia's influence on individuals. The Fear Of Clowns Questionnaire is an important tool for evaluating and measuring an individual's level of coulrophobia.

Based on extensive psychological research, this questionnaire assesses the impact of interacting with clowns in any way on one's behavior, cognition, threat detection and emotional responsiveness, providing useful insight into the reasons behind one's fears as well as cues for helpful, targeted interventions for treating coulrophobia.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Tyson, P. J., Davies, S. K., Scorey, S., & Greville, W. J. (2023) Fear of clowns: An investigation into the prevalence of coulrophobia in an international sample. International Journal of Mental Health, (52)1. 84-99, doi:10.1080/00207411.2022.2046925

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