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. 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.
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.
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- Krafft-Ebing, R.; Moll, A. (1924). Psychopathia sexualis. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke.
- Reply to Blanchard