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Until the 1990s, it tended to be described mostly as acrotomophilia, at the expense of other disabilities, or of the wish by some to pretend or acquire disability.

Bruno (1997) systematised the attraction as factitious disability disorder.

The aforesaid has given grounds for the attraction to disability to be represented as the continuum Bruno (1997) termed factitious disability disorder.

At its less-intense devotee end, there is sexualised fascination with the existential aspects of disability and its appearance.

Nattress (1993) found that 41 percent of a sample of 50 DPWs had, or were in, relationships with disabled partners.

Relationships between DPWs and disabled people tend to be reported as being ordinary, the attraction being sated by the fact of the partner's disability.

Avowed "wannabes" seem to number not more than five percent of the devotee-wannabe population, though Nattress (1996) found 22 percent of his sample of 50 had wanted to become disabled.

Accordingly, Bruno (1997) puts those afflicted with versions of the paraphilia under the broad heading of Devotees, Pretenders, and Wannabes (DPWs), as used here.

"Second-best" options for them are relationships with pretenders and wannabes.

Practically all DPWs have experience of relationships with able-bodied partners.

In the standard psychiatric reference Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, text revision (DSM-IV-tr), the fetish falls under the general category of "Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders" and the more specific category of paraphilia, or sexual fetishes; Desires to pretend to be disabled and acquire a disability are extensions of the pathological disorder.

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