Certain behaviors can, when meeting criteria, result in a diagnosis under the DSM.
Infantilism and DL are examples of two behaviors that fall in this category.
My question was this: is there something different about these behaviors that make them distinct from others in this category (Sexual and gender identity disorders, which includes Sexual Masochism, Sexual Sadism, Fetishes, Exhibitionism), or is it more likely that these are really the same and that the only thing that differs is the target or item surrounding the humiliation or fetish?
This question has research implications. If it is "different" than other behaviors, then there is a clear and compelling call for research specifically targeted to infantilism / DL behavior. However, if it is not "different" than other behaviors, then it would be reasonable to assume that knowledge and research gained from studying other behaviors could extend into this domain.
- Insofar as non-diagnosable behaviors, is it more likely that infantilism/DL behaviors are more similar or dissimilar to other behaviors along the ICD-9 302 tree?
- When these behaviors are scaled up to diagnosable disorders, are these more similar or dissimilar to other diagnosable disorders along the ICD-9 302 tree?