I find that it's been a largely undiscussed but very pondered topic. What is it that makes us how we are? I've fished through the forum for answers but the only posts I've found discuss Freud, but all of his theories lack empirical evidence. Then, I realized I'd do a bit of an informal study of my own.
I largely conducted this based on objective self-observation (If anyone finds my "Field Notes" notebook, that's going to be interesting to explain away..) and based on surveying several *B/DLs as well as non-*B/DLs (almost all of them being aware of *B/DLism to varying degrees.
So with my experiment and control, I set off on a mission. The responses I received and the self-analyses I made yielded several coinciding results that set off 'a-ha' lightbulbs.
My experiment group involved 24 individuals between the ages of 16 and 31 (including myself) who identified as *BDL in some form. The breakdown is as follows:
-6 who identified as strictly *B. (Group A)
-5 who identified as strictly DL. (Group B)
-6 who identified as both to some degree. (Group C)
-7 non *B/DLs. (Group D)
1. An overwhelmingly positive correlation between Group A and C and an influential mother figure, many times paired with a weak or completely non-factor father figure. Not so much for group B, however. Either parent's influence seemed to have, at most, slightly more than insignificant effects on Group B and some of Group C.
2. Both A's and most C's reported that they've felt attraction to diapers/regression as far back as their memory goes. B's were mixed, with two falling into the "as long as I can remember" group and the others stating the realization of the attraction at an average of around age 9. C's were mixed as well. There was, however, a majority who fell into the "as long as I can remember" group. It is also worth noting that all who realized attraction to diapers my have done so around age 9, but did not realize the sexual merit until the mean age of 12.
3. Out of the 17 *BDL's studied, 11 admit experiencing traumatic events in early childhood - not necessarily remembering them (However, some did.) but having had the experience recounted to them by family members.
This is all I'm going to put up for now, there's plenty more, but I'm going to make this post way too long if I included all of that. I'll add to it, I suppose, if people are interested. Anyways, the conclusions I've made so far is that *Bs seem to develop interest in early childhood while DLs seem to develop interest in pre-pubescence. But what really interests me is this three-year gap I'm left to think about. I mean, could it be that there was a genuinely innocent interest in diapers that became sexualized as the individual(s) progressed through puberty? The one way I can see it is behavioralism: To be blunt - If you learn to get off to it, you train yourself to always get off to it. So perhaps all DL were, at one point, ABs? Feel free to add thoughts and ask questions. I understand that this study is small and surely biased in some form despite the efforts to keep bias out of it. It's still a growing study, however, and I want to keep adding to it.