paraphilia characterized by sexual attraction to adolescents aged from 15-18

Ephebophilia is when an older adult is sexually attracted to post-pubescent teenagers—usually those in the age range 14/15–19.[1][2] Adults with this attraction are called ephebophiles. Ephebophilia is not just the sexual attraction to teenage partners but is when an adult prefers such sexual partners.[2]

Specific words are used by scientists for chronophilias, which is when people are mostly or only sexually attracted to specific age groups. Along with ephebophilia, another example is hebephilia, which means that a person is mostly or only sexually attracted to younger pubescent people. The word pedophilia means that a person is mostly or only sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children;[2][3] but the term pedophilia is commonly misused to refer to any sexual interest in minors under the age of 18, even if they're post-pubescent.[4]

Related chronophiliasEdit


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. doi:10.1007/s10508-008-9399-9. PMID 18686026. S2CID 14957904.
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  4. 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.