A therapist and professor in Minnesota named Brian Zamboni did a survey on ABDL and depression. I emailed him to see if he was ever going to publish the results and he told me that it is currently in the slow process of being published. Here is the abstract:
"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 (N=1,934). 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 are 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 sects 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 its participants."
I found it interesting that the end result of the study was that ABDL was not problematic for most of its participants yet he did state that there was a modest connection between ABDLism and depression. I am interested in seeing the exact numbers there.
Anyone have any theories for why males identified their ABDL interests earlier than females? Small sample size for the females maybe (although 139 is not bad)?