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Interim Results

May 13th 2010
163 questionnaires from devotees have found their way to my desk.
52 answered questionnaires from disabled persons were sent in.
I would like to take this opportunity to present a few results:
The average age of the devotee test persons is 42 years. The youngest is 16 and the oldest 76. The Devotees have known about other Devotees at an average for about 14 years. The internet has led to a very high number of hits on this site.
Amelotatism is not a phenomenon which concerns only men. 11% of the Devotees who took part in the survey are women.
19 % of the persons do not have a high school diploma, 81 % have a high school diploma and 58% have attended university 6% did not get a degree and 9% are still studying.
A significantly high number of participants, 65 %, of the surveyed remember a key-experience in early childhood.
For 76,7% it doesn’t make any difference, whether  the disability is congenital  or caused by an accident or a medical condition. The open question to the preference are answered by 17,8% of the probands the cause makes a difference. For 3,1% of the interviewees it is essential the amputation was caused by an accident. 2,5% of the participants prefer congenital disabilities, because in their opinion people with a congenital handicap can cope better in life as they are used to the different body image of their disabled body.
68,7 % of the interviewed claim not to have lived their special preference with a disabled person. 31,3 % have been able to gain experience with a disabled person.  
53,4% of the  respondents state they think asymmetry is very important to them. 38,7% don’t find asymmetry attractive. 4,3% are not sure, whether asymmetry is important, 2,5% don’t know the answer to that question, have never thought about it and 1,2% don’t specify.
65 % of the test persons claim the knowledge of other devotees has changed their attitude towards their own preference. 32,5 % say the knowledge of others hasn’t influenced their attitude and they differ their statements. 1,8 % saytheir attitude only changed slightly and one person does not know.
The question: „Do you like to pretend having a handicap yourself?” is answered with “no” in 77,9 % of the cases. 18,4 % like to pretend,  3,7 % used to pretend, but don’t anymore. 
73,6 % definitely do not want to have a handicap themselves. 16,6 % wish to have a disability. 6,7 % are not always certain they want to be disabled. 1,2% wanted to be disabled as a child and 1,2 % as an adolescent. One interviewee notes he used to want to be disabled but now he doesn’t want to be disabled anymore.


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