Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 3–22

The Puzzle of Male Chronophilias

Target Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-016-0799-y

Cite this article as:
Seto, M.C. Arch Sex Behav (2017) 46: 3. doi:10.1007/s10508-016-0799-y


In this article, I return to the idea that pedophilia, a sexual interest in prepubescent children, can be considered a sexual orientation for age, in conjunction with the much more widely acknowledged and discussed sexual orientation for gender. Here, I broaden the scope to consider other chronophilias, referring to paraphilias for age/maturity categories other than young sexually mature adults. The puzzle of chronophilias includes questions about etiology and course, how chronophilias are related to each other, and what they can tell us about how human (male) sexuality is organized. In this article, I briefly review research on nepiophilia (infant/toddlers), pedophilia (prepubescent children), hebephilia (pubescent children), ephebophilia (postpubescent, sexually maturing adolescents), teleiophilia (young sexually mature adults, typically 20s and 30s), mesophilia (middle-aged adults, typically 40s and 50s), and gerontophilia (elderly adults, typically 60s and older) in the context of a multidimensional sexual orientations framework. Relevant research, limitations, and testable hypotheses for future work are identified.


Age preferences Chronophilias Paraphilias Sexual orientation 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Ottawa Health Care GroupOttawaCanada

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