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Hebephilia is an erotic age preference (chronophilia) for pubescent youth, usually between 11-14 years of age. It is often used to distinguish an attraction to pubescents from an attraction to prepubescent or sexually mature youth (described as pedophilia and ephebophilia respectively). A person with such attractions is called a hebephile. Researchers connected to CAMH tend to distinguish hebephilia ("preference for 11–14 year-olds") from ephebophilia ("preference for 15–19 year-olds").[1]

Controversy outline

In 2009, Psychologist Ray Blanchard argued for a distinction between Pedophilia and Hebephilia based on Plethysmography studies. He suggested that these two categories should be pathologised as a single disorder (Pedohebephilia) in the DSM. This attracted controversy from others in the field, such as Karen Franklin, who argued that Hebephilia represents a normative adaptation from an evolutionary science perspective. The full details of the controversy are covered in the Wikipedia article below.

American psychologist, Bruce Rind and Scottish queer theorist Richard Yuill produced a large paper arguing against the idea that Hebephilia is pathological.[2]


  1. Blanchard, R., Lykins, A. D., Wherrett, D., Kuban, M. E., Cantor, J. M., Blak, T., Dickey, R., & Klassen, P. E. (2009). "Pedophilia, Hebephilia, and the DSM-V," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(3), 335-350.
  2. Rind, Bruce, & Yuill Richard. "Hebephilia as Mental Disorder?" Archives of Sexual Behavior, Jun 28 2012

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