Hebephilia is when adults are mostly or only sexually attracted to young people from early puberty until their mid-teenage years (generally between 11 to 14 years). An adult with this attraction is called a "hebephile". The word hebephilia comes from Greek. Hebe is the Greek goddess of youth, and philia means love. Nowadays, many media reports cover hebephilic acts between female teachers and young students.
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- What is a pedophile - Dennis Howitt
- Hebephilia as Mental Disorder? A Historical, Cross-Cultural, Sociological, CrossSpecies, Non-Clinical Empirical, and Evolutionary Review - Bruce Rind, Richard Yuill (2012) See "Introduction" section
- SK Wurtele - Children and Youth Services Review, 2012 , Preventing the sexual exploitation of minors in youth-serving organizations