Ephebophilia is the sexual preference of adults to young people in their mid to late teenage years, generally those in the age range 15-19. A person attracted to these people is called an "ephebophile". The word ephebophilia comes from the Greek: ἔφηβος (ephebos) variously meaning "one arrived at puberty", "a youth of eighteen who underwent his dokimasia and was registered as a citizen (Athens)", and "arriving at man's estate;" and φιλία (-philia) "love". It has been used by Dutch psychologist Frits Bernard as far back as 1950, reprinted in 1960 in the gay support magazine Vriendschap under the pseudonym Victor Servatius, crediting the origin of the term to Magnus Hirschfeld though giving no exact date. Among scientists, specific words are used for chronophilias (sexual preferences for specific age groups): for instance, ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for generally post-pubescent mid-to-late adolescents (usually 15-19), hebephilia to refer to the sexual preference for earlier pubescent individuals, and pedophilia to refer to the sexual preference for prepubescent children. However, the term pedophilia is commonly, but incorrectly, used to refer to any sexual interest in any person under the age of 18, regardless of whether they are post-pubescent.
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