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Ephebiphobia (from Greek 'ephebos' έφηβος = teenager, underage adolescent and 'fobos' φόβος = fear, phobia), also known as hebephobia (from Greek 'hebe' = youth), denotes both the irrational fear of teenagers or of adolescence, and the prejudice against teenagers or underage adolescents. It is essentially a social phobia comparable to xenophobia or homophobia. EPHEBOS (often in the plural EPHEBOI), also anglicized as EPHEBE, is a Greek word for an adolescent age group or a social status reserved for that age in Antiquity. ... Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. ... American teenagers in a high school Adolescence is the transitional stage of development between childhood and full adulthood, representing the period of time during which a person is biologically adult but emotionally not at full maturity. ... Prejudice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The term phobia, which comes from the Greek word for fear (φόβος, fobos), denotes a number of psychological and physiological conditions that can range from serious disabilities to common fears to minor quirks. ... Xenophobia denotes a phobic attitude toward strangers or of the unknown and comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning foreigner, stranger, and φόβος (phobos), meaning fear. ... The term homophobia is constructed from Greek όμοιος (homos), same and φόβος (fobos), fear. ...

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Definitions

Ephebiphobia can manifest in the following main categories :

The concept encompasses the irrational fear of a wide variety of issues, ranging from teenage sexuality, teenage pregnancy, preteen pregnancy, and teen motherhood, to proposals to change the law and assure more youth rights, like reducing the voting age, the age of majority, the drinking age, the marriageable age, the age of consent, the age of candidacy, eliminating curfew laws or assuring more students rights. Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. ... A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Prejudice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Look up Age in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Age may refer to: The length of time that a person has lived, reckoned from date of birth in most cultures; see also: ageing, for the social, cultural, and economic factors of age and ageing. ... Ageism is bias against a person or group on the grounds of age. ... A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... To discriminate is to make a distinction. ... Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. ... Prejudice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... For the emotion Hatred please see Hate Hatred (Nenavist) is a Soviet film of 1975 directed by Samvel Gasparov. ... There is also a movie called Intolerance. ... To discriminate is to make a distinction. ... Ephebophilia, from the Greek έφηβος (ephebos) adolescent and φιλία (philia) love/friendship, is a sexual preference or orientation in which an adult is primarily or exclusively sexually attracted to adolescents (people between the ages of 13 and 17). ... Fear is an unpleasant feeling of perceived risk or danger, real or not. ... Panic is a sudden terror which dominates thinking and often affects groups of people. ... For the album, see Hysteria (album) Professor Jean-Martin Charcot was well-known for showing, during his lessons at the Salpêtrière hospital, hysterical woman patients – here, his favorite patient, Blanche (Marie) Wittman, supported by Joseph Babinsky. ... Mass media is the term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state). ... Culture of fear is the term used by some sociologists, anthropologists, media critics and intellectuals in general to refer to a culture in which the feelings of fear and anxiety are carefully and repeatedly created and fed by the mass media and other sources - through the manipulation of words, facts... Emancipation means becoming free and equal; the term can be used in various contexts: historically, a slave becoming free by being set free by the owner (manumission), voluntarily or in accordance with laws requiring it after a certain time or in certain cases, thereby becoming freedman (e. ... Youth rights refers to a set of philosophies intended to enhance civil rights for young people. ... The voting age is the minimum legal age at which a person may vote in a governmental election. ... In law, the age of majority is the age at which one acquires the full legal rights of an adult. ... Many nations have a legal drinking age, or the minimum age one must be to drink alcohol. ... This is a very incomplete list of ages at which people are allowed to marry in various countries. ... In criminal law, the age of consent is the age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to sexual acts with another person. ... Age of candidacy is the minimum age at which a person can legally qualify to hold certain elected government offices. ... A curfew can be one of the following: An order by the government for certain persons to return home before a certain time. ...


Ageism against teenagers

Ageism is discrimination against a person or group on the grounds of age. Although theoretically the word can refer to the discrimination against any age group, ageism usually comes in one of two forms: discrimination against youth, and discrimination against the elderly. Ageism against youth is also known as "Adultism". To discriminate is to make a distinction. ... To discriminate is to make a distinction. ... For Youth, the record producer and musician in the band Killing Joke, see Martin Glover. ... Old age consists of ages nearing the average lifespan of human beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle. ... Adultism is a term from co-counseling used to refer to the oppression of young people through attitudinal, cultural, and systematic discrimination against children and youth. It is also used to refer to any bias against young people, and is distinguished from ageism—which is simply prejudice on the grounds...


Some underage teenagers consider themselves victims of ageism and believe they should be treated more respectfully by adults and not as second-class citizens. Some complain that social stratification in age groups causes outsiders to incorrectly stereotype and generalize the group, to claim for instance that all adolescents are equally immature, violent or rebellious. Some have organized groups against ageism. Stratification is the building up of layers of deposits, and can have several variations of meaning: Social stratification, is the dividing of a society into levels based on wealth or power. ... For the term used in Computing, see Stereotype (computing). ...


A growing number of sociologists address the issues of discrimination against youth, Adultism, and ephebiphobia as a digressive continuum for situating the conditions of adolescents throughout society.


Pathological forms of ephebiphobia

In extreme cases, pathological forms of ephebiphobia may be observed, especially when associated with violent acts (often but not always resulting in criminal acts).


Possible pathological behaviors include, among others, the following :

  • incarcerating teenagers or underage adolescents at home for a long period of time, or through the use of handcuffs (in any period of time), usually to prevent them from going out to parties, to the mall, to the movie theatre or to any place where they could potentially develop a social or a love relationship;
  • vigorously humiliating an underage adolescent in public;
  • compulsively or obsessively hiding a pregnant teen or preteen from public observation (as if she had a contagious disease), especially when moving or traveling to another place (neighborhood, city, region or country) solely with the purpose of hiding the pregnancy;
  • forcefully inducing or coercing an underage adolescent to have an abortion, by the means of violence, use of terror or threats of any kind (as if the baby were property of the perpetrator or threatener).

Sources

  • Shelley Wu, PhD, psychologist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania - in About.com Psychology Glossary
  • Mike Males - "The New Demons: Ordinary Teens" - Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2002 (see "External Links")
  • Wendy Grønnestad-Damur and Lindy Pratch - presenters of the Alberta, Canada, Library Conference "No Ephebiphobia Here! Ephebiphobia: an abnormal and persistent fear of teenagers" (April 30, 2005).
  • Thimothy Shary, visitant assistant professor of screen studies at Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Clark University - source used for the news article Studios caught in teen-age dilemmas Multiplex issues (Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) - July 20, 2001) (see Newslibrary.com)
  • Ephebiphobia is listed in the National Youth Rights Association's Glossary. The NYRA website is affiliated to the Wikipedian system.

External links

  • http://www.youthrights.org/ - National Youth Rights Association, "the last civil rights movement".
  • YouthRights.net - the National Youth Rights Association's website affiliated to the Wikipedian system.
  • ASFAR.org - an organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal civil rights of youth. ASFAR fights for eliminating age discrimination (ageism) and reducing the voting age, curfew laws, age of majority, age of consent, emancipation (see also marriageable age), freedom of speech and other laws that limit the freedom of young people .
  • Three Types of Youth Liberation - by Sven Bonnichsen
  • Pro-Youth - A firm text against ageism towards teenagers, presenting a case of ageism committed by a jury.
  • Everyone deserves to be given a chance - An essay against ageism towards teenagers, written by a Canadian adolescent.
  • The new demons : ordinary teens - by Mike Males. Published in the Los Angeles Times (Apr 21, 2002).
  • The FreeChild Project's page on Ephebiphobia - FreeChild Project : promoting young people and social change.
  • Changing worldviews - by Debra Rae, author of "ABCs of Globalism".
  • Are Youth at Risk ? - by Kirk A. Astroth. Article published in the Journal of Extension (Fall 1993) of the Montana State University.
  • Now That They've Come, How Do We Make Them Behave?, by Beth Gallaway (Sept. 2003). Workshop at Governor Dummer Academy, YA Librarian Haverhill Public Library Haverhill MA.

Some additional newspaper articles covering ephebiphobia

  • Articles listed in the Newslibrary.com databank.
  • "BOXED IN - No longer kids, not yet adults: Teens struggle for rights in a wary society", published in the Dallas Morning News (TX) - Dec. 15, 2002.
  • "Studios caught in teen-age dilemmas Multiplex issues" - Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) - July 20, 2001
  • "Kids these days, Good works win Alaska teens Spirit of Youth awards", published in the Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Jan. 24, 2005.

See also

Ephebophilia, from the Greek έφηβος (ephebos) adolescent and φιλία (philia) love/friendship, is a sexual preference or orientation in which an adult is primarily or exclusively sexually attracted to adolescents (people between the ages of 13 and 17). ... The term phobia, which comes from the Greek word for fear (φόβος, fobos), denotes a number of psychological and physiological conditions that can range from serious disabilities to common fears to minor quirks. ... Adultism is a term from co-counseling used to refer to the oppression of young people through attitudinal, cultural, and systematic discrimination against children and youth. It is also used to refer to any bias against young people, and is distinguished from ageism—which is simply prejudice on the grounds... Ageism is bias against a person or group on the grounds of age. ... To discriminate is to make a distinction. ... Youth rights refers to a set of philosophies intended to enhance civil rights for young people. ... NYRA logo The National Youth Rights Association is the largest Youth Rights group in the United States, with several thousand members. ... Americans for a Society Free from Age Restrictions (ASFAR) is an organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal civil rights of youth. ...

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Ephebiphobia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (892 words)
Ephebiphobia (from Greek 'ephebos' έφηβος = teenager, underage adolescent and 'fobos' φόβος = fear, phobia), also known as hebephobia (from Greek 'hebe' (ήβη) = youth), denotes both the irrational fear of teenagers or of adolescence, and the prejudice against teenagers or underage adolescents.
Some complain that social stratification in age groups causes outsiders to incorrectly stereotype and generalize the group, to claim for instance that all adolescents are equally immature, violent or rebellious.
In extreme cases, pathological forms of ephebiphobia may be observed, especially when associated with violent acts (often but not always resulting in criminal acts).
EPHEBIPHOBIA: Treatment and Hope (1353 words)
To add insult to an already distressing condition, most ephebiphobia therapies take months or years and sometimes even require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear.
ephebiphobia will likely cost you tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your lifetime, let alone the cost to your health and quality of life.
2: ephebiphobia: a strong fear of, dislike of, or aversion to teenagers.
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