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Some Statistics

NOTE: The information below was collected in 1998. Where ages are mentioned, add 11 years to those given.

This section analyses some of the statistical data that has been gathered on the devotee phenomenon over the last 10 years. Very little scientific work has been done in this most interesting area of research so most of the data presented here has been collected from newsgroups and by e-mail or face-to-face contact with leg-brace devotees, wannabes and disabled people.

Any data thus collected is open to error and misinterpretation as the anwers given cannot always be relied upon to be totally honest or accurate. Nonetheless, there is now a sufficient groundswell of information to believe that some hard data can be produced and relied upon.

Ethic make-up and ratio of men to women

Sex/ethnicity

Percent

Male - white 

91.94%

Female - white 

4.84%

Male - Black, African

0.81%

Female - Black, African

0.00%

Male - Hispanic

0.81%

Female - Hispanic

0.00%

Male - Asian

0.00%

Female - Asian

1.61%

 

The vast majority are white males with females making up only 7% of the total respondants. Similar surveys have shown very slightly higher female percentages but less than 10%.

 Age range

Age

Percent

Age group: 18-25 

1.75%

Age group: 26-33 

2.63%

Age group: 34-40 

6.14%

Age group: 41-47 

20.18%

Age group: 48-55 

30.70%

Age group: 56-65 

33.33%

Age group: 66-75 

5.26%

Age group: 76 or older 

0.00%

The largest proportion of people are aged between 48 and 65. It is extremely unusual for people less than 40 to be leg-brace devotees or wannabes. The number of people over 65 may be greater than shown. Few in this age group had internet access so may not have completed the survey.

 

Marital status

Marital state/sexuality

Percent

Heterosexual 

84%

Homosexual 

9%

Bi-sexual 

7%

Heterosexuals make up the majority of people who responded.

 


 


 

Relationships with a leg-brace user

Few devotees have a relationship with a leg-brace user that they so badly want .

Devotee, pretender, wannabe

Self classification

Percent

Devotee + Pretender

37.33%

Admirer 

16.00%

Wannabe + Pretender

12.00%

Devotee + Wannabe

10.67%

Devotee 

10.67%

Pretender 

5.33%

Wannabe 

4.00%

Wannabe +Devotee 

2.67%

I am none of the above

1.33%

 

Over a third of people consider themselves both a devotee and a pretender.

Type of leg-brace most liked.

Type of leg-brace

Percent

Leather and steel braces 

39.29%

Leather and steel braces with multiple buckle fastening 

34.82%

Leather and steel braces with lace fastening 

17.86%

Plastic braces 

4.46%

Plastic braces with velcro fastening 

3.57%

 

Most people prefer the older style leather and steel braces to the more modern plastic designs. The leather and steel types were typical of those seen in the 1950s and 1960s when most devotees were young and impressionable.

Family constellation and parental relationship in impressionable years

Parents, relatives and sibling status
when interest in legbraces developed

Percent

My father was deceased when I
developed my unique interest in leg-braces.
 

0.42%

Someone in my immediate family
(mother/father, sibling) used leg-brace(s)
 

1.25%

My mother and father were divorced/separated
before I developed my unique interest in leg-braces.
 

0.00%

My mother and father were divorced/separated
after I developed my unique interest in leg-braces.
 

2.50%

I developed my unique interest in leg-braces
while I living with my mother and father.
 

20.42%

I developed my unique interest in leg-braces
while I living with my mother only.
 

0.83%

I developed my unique interest in leg-braces
while I living with my father only.
 

0.00%

I developed my unique interest in leg-braces
after I stopped living with my mother and father.
 

0.83%

I am the oldest child in my family 

7.50%

I am the only child in my family 

7.50%

I am the youngest child in my family 

4.58%

I am not the oldest, nor youngest child in my family. 

2.92%

My sibling(s) is the same sex as me. 

3.33%

My sibling(s) is different sex than me. 

6.67%

My siblings are the same and different sex than me. 

4.58%

My mother was alive when I developed my unique interest in leg-braces. 

18.75%

My father was alive when I developed my unique interest in leg-braces. 

17.92%

My mother was deceased when I developed my unique interest in leg-braces. 

0.00%

Hard to draw clear conclusions from this particular table! Perhaps some small indication that it is more common in oldest children in a family?

 

Emotional response when first seeing person in legbraces

Reaction

Percent

Fascination  

76.67%

Envy

10.00%

Sympathy

6.67%

No different

6.67%

Pity 

0.00%

It is interesting that no-one responded with pity. Most report a fascination

 

 

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