Abasiophilia (abasiophilia). Paraphilia consisting of sexual attraction for people who lack any limbs.
The concept was first used by New Zealand psychologist John Money of John Hopkins University in a work on paraphilias in 1990. Money is recognized for his work on developmental psychoendocrinology and sexology.
It consists of the sexual attraction for people who need an orthopedic device to move or who lack a limb.
This paraphilia usually appears in people who have had some affective contact with people with this type of characteristics during childhood.
The stimuli for abasiophilia are usually arm orthoses , wheelchairs , splints for the back or neck and other prostheses used by people with physical disabilities .
It is more common in those who were children in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s when polio was common and more people were wearing braces than there are today. Studies carried out confirmed that the devotees of this paraphilia for the arm orthoses were usually between 50 and 70 years old and few of less than 40 years.
The suggestion that this philia is a form of a bodily integrity identity disorder, usually associated with people who wish some part of their body were voluntarily amputated , has not been proven .