Personality and Sexuality of the Physically Handicapped Woman

JAMA. 1943;121(4):297-298. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840040073029.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


In this book the authors report a study of the psychosexual development of 100 physically handicapped women. The subjects were 25 women with an orthopedic disability, 25 with spastic paralysis, 25 with chronic heart disease and 25 who had been diagnosed as epileptic. The information was obtained by means of a controlled interview, a medical history and the Rorschach test. On the basis of this information the authors concluded that personality manifestations and disturbances do not correlate with specific physical disturbances. They found that any persistent physical handicap resulted in hyposexuality and psychologic immaturity. They also concluded that in most cases psychosexuality was not an important component in personality formation. Their findings showed that no existent psychologic or psychiatric theory could be used to explain the growth of personality and sexuality of the physically handicapped woman. They therefore concluded that the reaction tendencies which become formalized in childhood determine the


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.