Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 103–115

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


  • Andrew S. Walters
    • School of MedicineUniversity of California
  • Gail M. Williamson
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Georgia

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023028025712

Cite this article as:
Walters, A.S. & Williamson, G.M. Sexuality and Disability (1998) 16: 103. doi:10.1023/A:1023028025712


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.

amputationsexuality and disabilityquality of life
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