Examined 2 hypotheses regarding the phantom limb sensation (PLS). One predicted that the frequency of PLS would be greater for the dominant than the nondominant limb. The 2nd hypothesized that there is an inverse relation between acceptance of the disability and frequency of PLS. 18 double-amputees who had lost 2 homologous limbs while in military service were administered questionnaires examining limb dominance, frequency of the PLS, and acceptance of disability. Results confirm only the 1st hypothesis. The PLS is discussed in light of the present findings, and it is concluded that the role of physiological factors seems to be clearer than that of psychological ones. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- loss of 2 homologous limbs & acceptance of disability vs limb dominance, phantom limb sensation, double amputee veterans