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Ephebophilia is when an adult is mostly or only sexually attracted to people who have already finished puberty (sexual development) in their mid-to-late teenage years, generally those in the age range 15-19.[1][2] An adult with this attraction is called an "ephebophile". Ephebophilia is not just the sexual attraction to teenaged partners, but is when an adult prefers such sexual partners.[2]

It is often mistakenly confused with hebephilia ,attraction to people still going through puberty (sexual development), and pedophilia ,which means that a person is mostly or only sexually attracted to children who have not reached puberty.[2][3]

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  1. Krafft-Ebing, R.; Moll, A. (1924). Psychopathia sexualis. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Blanchard, R.; Lykins, A. D.; Wherrett, D.; Kuban, M. E.; Cantor, J. M.; Blak, T.; Dickey, R.; Klassen, P. E. (2008). "Pedophilia, hebephilia, and the DSM–V". Archives of Sexual Behavior 38 (3): 335–350. doi:10.1007/s10508-008-9399-9 . PMID 18686026 .
  3. Reply to Blanchard