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2. Is it the same as pedophilia?

Not exactly, although different groups of people use the term pedophilia differently.

Male homosexual attraction to minors includes both pedophilia and ephebophilia in those cases in which men are attracted to boys. However, it is important to keep in mind that it includes feelings of attraction even when they have not been acted upon and do not cause distress or interpersonal difficulty.

• For more details on definitions and distinctions, see the section of this site on terminology.

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4. Ames & Houston, 1990; Feierman, 1990a; Freund, 1981; Okami & Goldberg, 1992.

5. American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders DSM IV-R, Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

6. Feierman, 1990a; Freund, 1981.