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Ephebophilia is the primary or exclusive adult sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 15 to 19.[1][2] The term was originally used in the late 19th to mid 20th century.[2] It is one of a number of sexual preferences across age groups subsumed under the technical term chronophilia. Ephebophilia strictly denotes the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction.

In research environments, specific terms are used for chronophilias: for instance, ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescents,[1][2] [4] This could be due to the fact the media is unaware of other terms.


  • Etymology 1
  • Characteristics 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The term ephebophilia comes from the

  • The dictionary definition of ephebophilia at Wiktionary

External links

  1. ^ a b Krafft-Ebing, R.; Moll, A. (1924). Psychopathia sexualis. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Blanchard, R.; Lykins, A. D.; Wherrett, D.; Kuban, M. E.; Cantor, J. M.; Blak, T.; Dickey, R.; Klassen, P. E. (2008). "Pedophilia, hebephilia, and the DSM–V". Archives of Sexual Behavior 38 (3): 335–350.  
  3. ^ "Reply to Blanchard". Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ a b S. Berlin, Frederick. "Interview with Frederick S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D.". Office of Media Relations. Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  5. ^ Rahman, T. (1988). "Ephebophilia: the case for the use of a new word". Forum for Modern Language Studies 24 (2): 126–141.  
  6. ^ "Sexology". Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  7. ^ Bernard, F. (1998). Selected publications of Dr Frits Bernard - An international bibliography. Rotterdam: Enclave.
  8. ^ Servatius, V. (1960, March 15). Ephebophilie en wetenschap [Ephebophilia and science]. Vriendschap, 35-35.
  9. ^ Janssen, D.F. (2015). "“Chronophilia”: Entries of Erotic Age Preference into Descriptive Psychopathology". Medical History 59 (4): 575–598.  
  10. ^ Buffière, F. (1980). Éros adolescent : la pédérastie dans la Grèce antique, Paris, p.11.
  11. ^ Rahman, T. (1990). "Boy-Love in the Urdu Ghazal". Annual of Urdu Studies 7: 1–20. 
  12. ^ Foley, Sharon R.; Arthur, K.; Kelly, B. (2006). "Psychiatric sequelae of Parkinson disease: a case report". European Psychiatry 21 (3): 211–213.  


See also

Researchers state that hebephilia, erotic interest which centers on young pubescents, has not come into widespread use, even among professionals who work with sex offenders, and may have been confused with the term ephebophilia, which denotes a preference for older adolescents.[2] It is concluded that "few would want to label erotic interest in late — or even mid — adolescents as a psychopathology, so the term hebephilia may have been ignored along with ephebophilia".[2]

Ephebophilia is used only to describe the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction. Generally, the preference is not regarded by psychologists as a pathology when it does not interfere with other major areas of one's life, and is not listed by name as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), the ICD-10, or as a paraphilia. However, the preference can sometimes be diagnosed as a disorder if it results in dysfunction or exploitative behavior, under the DSM specification 309.2, "Paraphilia Not Otherwise Specified".[12]

Mid-to-late adolescents usually have [4]


The term has been described by Frenchman Félix Buffière in 1980,[10] and Pakistani scholar Tariq Rahman,[11] who argued that ephebophilia should be especially used with regard to homosexuality when describing the aesthetic and erotic interest of adult men in adolescent boys in classical Persian, Turkish, or Urdu literature. The term was additionally revived by Ray Blanchard to denote adults who sexually prefer 15- to 19-year-olds.[2]


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