Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 103-115

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Sexual Satisfaction Predicts Quality of Life: A Study of Adult Amputees

  • Andrew S. WaltersAffiliated withSchool of Medicine, University of California
  • , Gail M. WilliamsonAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Georgia

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Research provides ample evidence that limb amputation poses serious threats to psychological and psychosocial adjustment. However, very little is known about the effect of amputation on sexual activity. In this study, 77 amputees completed measures assessing a variety of amputation-related, functional status, and psychological variables. Satisfaction with one's sexual relationships with others predicted overall quality of life. Results are discussed in terms of implications for interventions aimed at improving adjustment to limb amputation.

amputation sexuality and disability quality of life