The Public Policy Implications of “Hebephilia”: A Response to Blanchard et al. (2008)
- Karen Franklin
- … show all 1 hide
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
Blanchard et al. (2008) present their article on “hebephilia” as an objective analysis of research data. In fact, it is a textbook example of subjective values masquerading as science. Avoiding the crucial public policy implications of their argument, Blanchard et al. advance hebephilia as if it exists in a cultural vacuum. Their recommendations are even more troubling in light of their study’s methodological flaws.
Blanchard et al. assert that their mere identification of hebephilia as a “discriminable erotic age-preference” qualifies it for inclusion in the forthcoming fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). They ignore a crucial question at the heart of the current debate over how the DSM should conceptualize sexual disorders (Kleinplatz & Moser, 2005): What makes hebephilia a pathology, as opposed to a normal variant of human sexuality? Indeed, Blanchard et al.’s logic applies equally well to ho
- Blanchard, R., Lykins, A. D., Wherrett, D., Kuban, M. E., Cantor, J. M., Blak, T., et al. (2008). Pedophilia, hebephilia, and the DSM-V. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi:10.1007/s10508-008-9399-9.
- Doren, D. M. (2002). Evaluating sex offenders: A manual for civil commitments and beyond. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- First, M. B., & Halon, R. L. (in press). Use of DSM paraphilia diagnoses in sexually violent predator commitment cases. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
- Freund, K., & Costell, R. (1970). The structure of erotic preference in the nondeviant male. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 8, 15–20. CrossRef
- Jenkins, P. (2004). Moral panic: Changing concepts of the child molester in modern America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
- Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U. S. 346 (1997).
- Kenrick, D. T., & Keefe, R. C. (1992). Age preferences in mates reflect sex differences in human reproductive strategies. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 15, 75–133.
- Kleinplatz, P. J., & Moser, C. (2005). Politics versus science: An addendum and response to Drs. Spitzer and Fink. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 17, 135–139. CrossRef
- Lane, C. (2007). Shyness: How normal behavior became a sickness. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
- Marshall, W. L. (1997). Pedophilia: Psychopathology and theory. In D. R. Laws & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Sexual deviance: Theory, assessment, and treatment (pp. 152–174). New York: Guilford Press.
- Quinsey, V. L., Steinman, C. M., Bergerson, S. G., & Holmes, T. F. (1975). Penile circumference, skin conductance, and ranking responses of child molesters and “normals” to sexual and nonsexual visual stimuli. Behavior Therapy, 6, 213–219. CrossRef
- Seto, M. C. (2008). Pedophilia and sexual offending against children: Theory, assessment, and intervention. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. CrossRef
- Zander, T. K. (2005). Civil commitment without psychosis: The law’s reliance on the weakest links in psychodiagnosis. Journal of Sex Offender Civil Commitment: Science and the Law, 1, 17–82.
- The Public Policy Implications of “Hebephilia”: A Response to Blanchard et al. (2008)
Archives of Sexual Behavior
Volume 38, Issue 3 , pp 319-320
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Springer US
- Additional Links
- Industry Sectors
- Karen Franklin (1) (2)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. P.O. Box 1084, El Cerrito, CA, 94530, USA
- 2. California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, CA, USA