Psychiatrists and psychologists distinguish pedophilia (sexual attraction to young children) and ephebophilia
(sexual attraction to teenagers).
The technical name for this kind of act is ephebophilia
, but many would call it pederasty or even homosexuality.
also writes of his experience, early in his priestly and religious formation, of the discreet and often ill-conceived treatment of priests thought to be abusing adolescents, as well as of the general lack of understanding of pedophilia and ephebophilia
I was upset to see that Christie Ayotte, in her article "Thanks a Lot, Foley" [November 7], made no distinction between pedophilia and ephebophilia
and that you apparently did not try to correct her.
This is different to sexual attraction to post-pubescent adolescents, known as ephebophilia
Because many of the pedophilia and ephebophilia
cases were male-male, there was an understandable but mistaken connection made between homosexuality and criminal behavior.
France does not commit the common error of confusing pedophilia (a sexual interest in children) with ephebophilia
(an interest in teenagers).
64) Pedophilia is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a sexual disorder, while ephebophilia
is not listed.
The latter group's disorder is defined as ephebophilia
It is a fact that we know far more today about pedophilia, ephebophilia
and child abuse generally and the difference between the clinical and the legal considerations of the problem than we did a generation or two ago.
Bernardino's fears concerning sodomy (variously circumlocuted, but usually in the form of male pedophlia and ephebophilia
, although Polecritti expands this to include marital sodomy) encountered less indifference.
And, while this subculture may or may not exist, there are many who believe pedophilia (sex with children) and ephebophilia
(sex with teenagers) are different and distinct from homosexuality.