Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 317–318 | Cite as

Should Hebephilia be a Mental Disorder? A Reply to Blanchard et al. (2008)

  • Gregory DeClueEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Blanchard et al. (2008) suggest possibilities for expanding DSM to include a diagnosis for Hebephilia (mostly erotically attracted to 11- to 14-year olds), but they do not suggest the inclusion of a diagnosis for Ephebophilia (mostly attracted to 15- to 16-year olds), Teliophilia (mostly attracted to those 17 years old or older), or Gerontophilia (mostly attracted to the aged).

Although Blanchard et al. present data regarding whether reliable differences in erotic preference can be shown, they completely overlook the question of how we decide which sexual interest patterns should be considered a mental disorder. Pedophilia is a mental disorder. Homosexuality is not. Should Hebephilia or Ephebophilia or Gerontophilia be considered mental disorders? How about sexual preference for people with different (or with the same) ethnic characteristics as oneself?

The decision to classify a pattern of sexual attraction as a mental disorder (paraphilia) inevitably entails more than (1) reliable...


Mental Disorder Sexual Arousal Sexual Attraction Pedophilia Gender Identity Disorder 
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  1. 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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SarasotaUSA

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