Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 23–26 | Cite as

Orienting Basic Research on Chronophilias

  • J. Michael BaileyEmail author
  • Kevin J. Hsu

Seto (2016) has provided a stimulating conceptual review of the chronophilias as potential sexual orientations, mostly focusing on pedohebephilia. While largely agreeing with him, we offer several clarifications, elaborations, and speculations, in the spirit of motivating basic research in this interesting and important area.

Seto (2016) suggests we define sexual orientation expansively, as “a stable tendency to preferentially orient—in terms of attention, interest, attraction, and genital arousal—to particular classes of sexual stimuli.” He continues: “If we accept this broader definition, then we can imagine that individuals actually have multiple sexual orientations rather than a single sexual orientation, corresponding to their sexual preferences along a variety of different dimensions, including age.”

For several reasons, we believe that this approach is unhelpful. First, sexual orientation has routinely been distinguished from sexual identity and sexual behavior, because of the...


Sexual Orientation Sexual Arousal Sexual Interest Sexual Stimulus Arousal Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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