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Int J Forensic Ment Health. 2012 Jan;11(1):59-62. Epub 2012 Apr 11.

The Errors of Karen Franklin's Pretextuality.

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  • Law & Mental Health Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

In her recent article, Hebephilia: Quintessence of Diagnostic Pretextuality (published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 2010), Karen Franklin expands on her previous argument that psychologists and psychiatrists should not diagnose as abnormal hebephilia, the sexual preference for early pubescent children. She supports her argument with a series of claims about the contents of the empirical literature and the scientists who produced it. The present document provides fact-checking of those claims, revealing that Franklin's conclusions are based largely on demonstrable falsehoods.

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