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Commentary: Hebephilia--a would-be paraphilia caught in the twilight zone between prepubescence and adulthood.

  title={Commentary: Hebephilia--a would-be paraphilia caught in the twilight zone between prepubescence and adulthood.},
  author={Robert Alan Prentky and Howard E. Barbaree},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law},
  volume={39 4},
  • R. Prentky, H. Barbaree
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Psychology
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
This commentary addresses the controversy surrounding the proposed Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Revision (DSM-5) diagnosis of pedohebephilia. We examine adult male sexual attraction to young pubescent females and whether such attraction is deviant and constitutes a mental disorder, and, independent of that question, whether there is any defensible basis for asserting that hebephilia is a legitimate paraphilia. We conclude our analysis by looking at three profiles… 

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