Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 1313–1317 | Cite as

Age of Onset in Pedohebephilic Interests

  • Ian V. McPhail
Letter to the Editor

Recent scholarship has examined the age of onset of pedohebephilic interests. While the issue of when such sexual interests begins is important to understand the development of minor attraction, there are noteworthy problems in the literature. As a result, clear explication of a few inter-related issues relevant to the age of onset of pedohebephilic interests appears warranted. This Letter aims to outline and provide commentary on some of these issues and contribute a more nuanced understanding of age of onset for pedohebephilic men and women.

Limitations to Existing Studies

Recent conceptual work interpreted a pubertal age of onset within an argument that pedophilia is a sexual orientation (Seto, 2012, 2017). Empirical data have been interpreted as broadly supportive of this view, suggesting the average age of onset for pedohebephilic interest in men is between 14 and 18 years of age (Bailey, Hsu, & Bernhard, 2016; Bernard, 1985; Cash, 2016; Grundmann, Krupp, Scherner, Amelung, &...



My thanks go to Nick Devin, Ethan Edwards, and Ender Wiggin (pseudonyms) who reviewed an earlier draft of this Letter and provided valuable commentary. Where their comments have informed the ideas presented in the Letter, I have attributed these ideas to them in text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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