Abasiophilia is a psychosexual attraction to people with impaired mobility, especially those who use orthopaedic appliances such as leg braces, orthopedic casts, or wheelchairs.[1] The term abasiophilia was first used by John Money of the Johns Hopkins University in a paper on paraphilias, in 1990.[2][3]

In popular culture

Abasiophilia plays a prominent role in the Michael Connelly novel The Scarecrow, in which a serial killer is motivated by abasiophilia.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Butcher, Nancy (2003). The Strange Case of the Walking Corpse: A Chronicle of Medical Mysteries, Curious Remedies, and Bizarre but True Healing Folklore. New York: Avery. p. 132. ISBN 1-58333-160-3. OCLC 52107453.
  2. ^ Money, J (1990). "Paraphilia in Females Fixation on Amputation and Lameness; Two Personal Accounts". Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality. 3 (2): 165–72. doi:10.1300/j056v03n02_11.
  3. ^ Milner, JS; Dopke CA (2008). "Paraphilia Not Otherwise Specified: Psychopathology and theory". In Laws DR & O'Donohue WT (ed.). Sexual Deviance, Second Edition: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment. New York: The Guilford Press. pp. 384–418. ISBN 978-1-59385-605-2.
  4. ^ Connelly, Michael (2009). The Scarecrow. New York: Little, Brown and Company. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-316-16630-0.