Ephebophilia (from the Greek: ἔφηβος (ephebos) = young man) is a word indicating sexual preference (of an adult) for mid-to-late male adolescents (around 15–19 years of age). The term was coined in 1906 by Magnus Hirschfeld. The corresponding female term is parthenophilia (or less scientifically, "Lolita complex"), but many modern authors use the term ephebophilia for both genders.
In research environments, specific terms are used for chronophilias: ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescents, hebephilia to refer the sexual preference for pubescent persons (introduced by B. C. Glueck in 1955), and pedophilia to refer to the sexual preference for prepubescent persons. The term pedophilia, however, has also been used colloquially to refer broadly to any sexual interest in minors below the legal age of consent, regardless of their level of physical, mental, or psychological development. Clinically, ephebophilia is rarely regarded as a mental disorder unless it affects the ephebophile's life in a destructive way. Ephebophilic relationships are illegal in some circumstances.
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