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Paraphilic Infantilism

Louis R. Franzini, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Paraphilic Infantilism is a 1-hour online continuing education (CE) course that defines and describes three not widely known paraphilias, which overlap to some degree, but remain diverse: infantilism, diaperism, and erotic lactation.

Illustrative case histories of infantilism, diaperism, and erotic lactation are provided. The state of scientific knowledge and even the data on their incidences are quite limited. Further, many participants are simply not interested in changing or receiving any treatment because they have adjusted to a life of minimal social contacts or are enjoying stable relationships with consenting partners who hold similar interests. However, mention is made of the current preferred therapeutic choice for paraphilic disorders.

At the end of the course a brief discussion is offered on the wisdom of pathologizing unusual behaviors that are rewarding and legal, albeit very unconventional.

Course #11-45 | 2022 | 17 pages | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Distinguish paraphilic infantilism from adult baby syndrome and diaperism
2. Identify four benefits to partners in cases of erotic lactation
3. Name the therapy that best supports the goals of decreasing inappropriate arousal while at the same time enhancing appropriate sexual arousal
4. Describe the rationale for eliminating adult baby syndrome and diaper fetishes as psychopathology

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion). Professional Development Resources, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists (#PSY-0145).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Louis R. Franzini, PhD, received his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toledo, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavior Modification at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University). Following the postdoctoral program Dr. Franzini joined the Psychology Department at San Diego State University, where he spent his entire academic career. He retired as Emeritus Professor of Psychology. His international academic experience included appointments as Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-le-Neuve, Belgium and Senior Fellow in the School of Accountancy and Business, Human Resource and Quality Management Division at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Franzini is licensed as a psychologist in Florida and in California.

Financial: Dr. Franzini receives royalties on his books from John Wiley & Sons, Rowman and Littlefield, Square One Publishers, Sage Publications and from Professional Development Resources on sales of his courses.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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