måndag 20 december 2010

münchausen syndrome by proxy

"Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP) is a more commonly known name for Factitious Disorder by Proxy where a person deliberately causes injury or illness to another person (most often his/her child). MSbP differs from FDbP in that it alludes to the motive of such behaviour, insisting that it is to gain attention, sympathy or other psychological benefit. Münchausen by proxy has been described by some as a form of extended child abuse. The motivation is to assume the sick role by proxy. It involves physical abuse and medical neglect.

The caregiver is usually a parent, guardian, or spouse, and the victim is usually a child or vulnerable adult. Most cases involve inducing physical illness."

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