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Hebephilia is a Mental Disorder?

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Author(s): Richard Green

Journal: Sexual Offender Treatment
ISSN 1862-2941

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 01;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: hebephilia | pedophilia | sex offender | mental illness | DSM-5

ABSTRACT
The proposed inclusion of a hebephilic sexual orientation (early pubescent males and/or females) in DSM-5 compromises the scientific credibility of psychiatry. Moralism about the age of an acceptable sexual partner drives this proposal. It ignores common patterns of sexual arousal, cultural variability, and historic precedents. It blurs the domains of psychiatry and law. The age of sexual consent is 14 in much of Europe. An example of the new "mentally disordered" would be a 19 year old with a consenting 14 year old. Where sexual interaction is legally accepted, but pathologized as mental disorder, psychiatry attempts to act as an agent of social control.

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