Do People Treat You Like a Child?
Epstein-Dumas Infantilization Inventory (EDII) v. 3.2, ©2010-2017, Dr. Robert Epstein  

You are about to take the Epstein-Dumas Infantilization Inventory (EDII), a test that will help you determine the extent to which you are being infantilized by significant people in your life. The lower your score, the better. Mainstream adults in the U.S. generally score quite low - under 5 percent. Zero percent is a perfect score, suggesting that the people around you treat you with dignity and respect.

Active-duty U.S. Marines score about 24 percent on this test. Incarcerated felons score even higher - about 35 percent. Populations needing a great deal of care and protection, such as young children or the severely mentally ill, score considerably higher. A highly restricted child (assisted in taking the test) will score about 70 percent on the EDII, and so will many American teens, even though they are no longer children.

When competent people are treated like children, they often react with depression or anger. Knowing how much you are infantilized can be an important first step toward improving your life.

Designed by Dr. Robert Epstein (follow on Twitter at @DrREpstein), one of America's most distinguished psychologists, this test will give you a quick measure of just how infantilized you are. The test is based on collaborative research originally conducted by Dr. Epstein and his colleague, Dr. Diane Dumas.

If you are conducting research and would like to collect raw data for a group that is taking this test - for a business, research study, classroom activity, or other purpose - please see our Group Testing Instructions

NEW! If you are a parent of teens or preteens, you might want to take Dr. Epstein's newest test, the Epstein Teen Parenting Inventory, accessible at TeenParentingSkills.com.

To get a quick measure of your adult competence, you might also want to take the Epstein-Dumas Test of Adultness, accessible at HowAdultAreYou.com.

If you know a young person who is depressed, angry, or defiant, he or she might be suffering from Extended Childhood Disorder. Find out at ExtendedChildhoodDisorder.com.

The infantilization test takes about 10 minutes to complete. Before we get to the inventory itself, we'll ask you a few basic questions about yourself. Demographic information is being collected for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.

*Required response


Group code (if applicable):


*Your initials:

*Your age:

*How fluent are you in English?
Not very fluent   10  Highly fluent

*Highest Degree:
None
High school
Community college
Bachelors
Masters
Doctorate

*Race/Ethnicity:
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Other

*Gender:
Male
Female
Other

*Sexual orientation:
Straight
Gay or lesbian
Bisexual
Other
Unsure

*Employed:
Yes
No

*How much control do you feel you have over your life?
No control   10  Complete control

*How much success have you had lately in your personal life?
Low   10  High

*How much success have you had lately in your professional life?
Low   10  High

*How happy and fulfilled are you?
Very unhappy   10  Extremely happy

*How depressed have you felt in recent months?
No depression   10  Severe depression

*How angry have you felt in recent months?
No anger   10  Extreme anger

*Have you been in therapy within the past year?
Yes 
No

*Who, if anyone, is trying to control your life? Check all that apply:
Your mother 
Your father 
Your boss 
Your co-worker(s) 
Your spouse 
Your boyfriend or girlfriend 
Your friend(s) 
Your child or children 
Your roommate(s) 
Your mother-in-law 
Your father-in-law 
Other relative(s) 
Your teacher(s) 
Others   Please specify:

Okay, here is the test itself....


Over the past year, has anyone restricted your activities in any of the following ways?

Click only on the statements with which you agree.


*1. Listened to, read, or viewed your private communications? 


*2. Tried to restrict your communications? 


*3. Tried to send you to your room? 


*4. Tried to give you a time out? 


*5. Tried to cut off your money or credit? 


*6. Tried to limit your ability to drive? 


*7. Tried to make you drive? 


*8. Tried to take away your personal property? 


*9. Damaged or destroyed your personal property? 


*10. Tried to prevent you from leaving? 


*11. Searched your room? 


*12. Searched your belongings? 


*13. Violated your privacy? 


*14. Tried to restrict your use of the Internet? 


*15. Tried to restrict your television use? 


*16. Tried to restrict your access to videos, CDs, books, or other media? 


*17. Tried to prevent you from getting a tattoo or piercing? 


*18. Tried to make you get a tattoo or piercing? 


*19. Tried to make you cut your hair? 


*20. Tried to make you to wear your hair a certain way? 


*21. Tried to prevent you from wearing makeup? 


*22. Tried to make you use makeup or wear it a certain way? 


*23. Tried to stop you from using perfumes or colognes? 


*24. Tried to make you use perfumes or colognes? 


*25. Tried to prevent you from wearing certain clothing? 


*26. Tried to make you wear certain clothing? 


*27. Tried to stop you from contacting or associating with certain people? 


*28. Tried to make you contact or associate with certain people? 


*29. Spanked, paddled, or hit you (other than in play)? 


*30. Insisted that you lower the volume of your music or stop making noise? 


*31. Tried to restrict your social activities? 


*32. Tried to make you participate in certain social events? 


*33. Tried to make you to have an abortion? 


*34. Tried to prevent you from having an abortion? 


*35. Tried to prevent you from smoking? 


*36. Tried to make you smoke? 


*37. Tried to prevent you from drinking alcohol? 


*38. Tried to prevent you from using drugs? 


*39. Tried to prevent you from taking medication? 


*40. Tried to make you drink alcohol? 


*41. Tried to make you use drugs? 


*42. Tried to make you take medication? 


*43. Tried to prevent you from eating? 


*44. Tried to make you eat? 


*45. Tried to make you travel? 


*46. Tried to prevent you from traveling? 


*47. Tried to make you work? 


*48. Tried to prevent you from working? 


*49. Tried to make you get a job? 


*50. Tried to make you quit a job? 


*51. Tried to make you shower or bathe? 


*52. Tried to prevent you from showering or bathing? 


*53. Tried to make you engage in sexual acts?  


*54. Tried to restrict your sexual activity? 


*55. Tried to make you cook? 


*56. Tried to prevent you from cooking? 


*57. Tried to make you clean? 


*58. Tried to prevent you from cleaning? 


*59. Tried to make you do household chores? 


*60. Tried to stop you from doing household chores? 


*61. Tried to silence you? 


*62. Tried to make you speak? 


*63. Tried to subject you to a curfew? 


*64. Tried to make you do yardwork? 


*65. Tried to prevent you from doing yardwork? 


*66. Tried to make you go to bed? 


*67. Wouldn't let you sleep? 


*68. Tried to restrict your dating activities? 


*69. Tried to make you date someone? 


*70. Tried to make you attend school? 


*71. Tried to stop you from attending school? 


*72. Tried to make you quit school? 


*73. Tried to make you get certain grades? 


*74. Tried to make you take certain courses? 


*75. Tried to make you enter a certain profession? 


*76. Tried to prevent you from entering a certain profession? 


*77. Tried to make you see a therapist? 


*78. Tried to prevent you from seeing a therapist? 


*79. Tried to make you see a medical doctor? 


*80. Tried to prevent you from seeing a medical doctor? 


*81. Tried to make you have surgery? 


*82. Tried to prevent you from having surgery? 


*83. Tried to make you undergo shock therapy? 


*84. Tried to prevent you from undergoing shock therapy? 


*85. Tried to make you undergo some other extreme medical treatment? 


*86. Tried to admit you to a treatment facility? 


*87. Tried to prevent you from entering a treatment facility? 


*88. Threatened to have you arrested? 


*89. Examined the contents of your computer or other electronic device? 


*90. Tried to make you participate in religious activities? 


*91. Tried to stop you from participating in religious activities? 


*92. Tried to make you join a religion? 


*93. Tried to prevent you from joining a religion? 


*94. Tried to make you exercise or play certain sports? 


*95. Tried to prevent you from exercising or playing certain sports? 


*96. Tried to prevent you from entering certain areas of your home? 


*97. Tried to restrict your hobbies? 


*98. Shouted at you? 


*99. Insulted you? 


*100. Pushed you? 


*101. Blocked your way? 


*102. Physically restrained you? 


*103. Tried to control your diet? 


*104. Tried to kick you out of your bed or bedroom? 


*105. Tried to kick you out of your home? 


*106. Tried to make you live somewhere you didn't want to live? 


*107. Tried to take your money? 


*108. Tried to make you give him or her money? 


*109. Tried to stop you from viewing pornography? 


*110. Tried to make you view pornography? 


*111. Told you how to spend your time? 


*112. Tried to hurt you physically? 


*113. Shouted orders at you? 


*114. Threatened you? 


*115. Tried to make you commit a crime? 


*116. Tried to make you join or quit a gang? 


*117. Tried to stop you from joining or quitting a gang? 


*118. Tried to make you join or quit a group or organization? 


*119. Tried to stop you from joining or quitting a group or organization? 


*120. Tried to make you harm someone? 


*121. Bribed you to do something? 


*122. Demanded you do things you shouldn’t have to do? 


*123. Contacted you frequently to check up on you? 


*124. Demanded you contact him or her frequently? 


*125. Used electronic devices to track your location or spy on you? 


*126. Tried to make you hurt yourself? 


*127. Tried to prevent you from helping someone? 


*128. Tried to make you help someone you didn't want to help? 


*129. Tried to make you marry someone? 


*130. Tried to prevent you from marrying someone? 


*131. Humiliated you in front of other people? 


*132. Ignored what you had to say? 


*133. Blamed you for things that weren’t your fault? 


*134. Tried to make decisions for you? 


*135. Tried to make you move faster or slower? 


*136. Told you how to drive? 


*137. Made you feel inferior? 


*138. Spread rumors about you? 


*139. Corrected you? 


*140. Manipulated you? 


*141. Criticized you? 


*142. Made you feel guilty? 


*143. Other: