Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 103–115 | Cite as

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

  • Andrew S. Walters
  • Gail M. Williamson


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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew S. Walters
    • 1
  • Gail M. Williamson
    • 3
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco
  2. 2.Prevention SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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