Adult baby/diaper lovers: An exploratory study of an online community sample

Kaitlyn Hawkinson, Brian D. Zamboni

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This internet-based study provided descriptive information and exploratory analyses on 1,795 male and 139 female members of the Adult Baby/Diaper Lover (ABDL) community. Based on prior research, some research questions focused on the degree to which ABDL behavior was associated with negative mood states, parental relationships, and attachment style. Based on clinical experience, a second research question focused on discerning two possible subgroups within the ABDL community: persons focused on role play behavior and persons who were primarily interested in sexual arousal in their ABDL behavior. The results showed modest support for the former research questions, but notable support for the last research question. Because of some overlap between the two hypothesized subgroups, additional subgroups may exist. Males in the ABDL community identified their ABDL interests earlier than females and these males may be more focused on sexual aspects of ABDL practices. Both males and females perceived being dominated as important in their ABDL behavior. Most participants were comfortable with their ABDL behavior and reported few problems. ABDL behavior may represent a sexual subculture that is not problematic for most of its participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-877
Number of pages15
JournalArchives of sexual behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2014

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  • ABDL
  • Adult Baby Diaper Lover
  • Fetishism
  • Infantilism
  • Paraphilia


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