Age play—also known as ABDL, or Adult Baby/Diaper Lover, in the community—is an umbrella term for those who identify as adult babies, diaper fetishists, littles, middles, and age players. Research shows that while many from this community recommend others seek help from the mental health community, few take their own advice. This is influenced by their fears that therapists will judge, misdiagnose or misunderstand the needs of this population. This presentation seeks to change this dynamic. It will educate to the unique sexual practices as well as personas that many from this community identify. While often there is shame about these unique practices, there is a level of resilience when those behaviors are used to improve negative emotions . This presentation will teach participants to recognize the difference. We will contrast the gender differences for those in age play, discuss the theories related to how this may develop in individuals, and review the most recent research.
Session Category : 2019