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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").
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.
- 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.
- Rind, Bruce, & Yuill Richard. "Hebephilia as Mental Disorder?" Archives of Sexual Behavior, Jun 28 2012
- "Hebephilia" - The full Wikipedia article.