Reply to Letters Regarding Pedophilia, Hebephilia, and the DSM-V
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The on-line publication of our article, “Pedophilia, Hebephilia, and the DSM-V” (Blanchard et al., 2008), quickly prompted the writing of several letters to the editor of this journal. I am writing this letter of reply as sole author, and any inadequacies or inaccuracies in it can be attributed to me alone.
The letters by Tromovitch (2008) and DeClue (2008) focus on our recommendation that hebephilia (the erotic preference for pubescent children) be considered for inclusion in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Tromovitch and DeClue point out that we did not provide a definition of mental disorder, and we did not investigate whether hebephilia would satisfy the definition of mental disorder. That is true. We could and perhaps should have included a statement to this effect: “The clinical implications of this study depend on the DSM-V using a definition of mental disorder that is similar to the definition supplied in the DSM-IV-TR (Ame
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