Special Topic: Factitious Illness By Proxy (Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy) (Copyright © National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Publication Year: 2002
Type: Online Publication
This publication is a book chapter found in the "Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health-Volume I, Practice Guide". This chapter discusses this difficult to diagnose form of child abuse. In Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy, a caregiver (usually the mother) pretends an infant or child is ill or causes the child to be ill. The caregiver's motivation for this behavior is thought to be a psychological need to join the child in the sick role and to receive attention by proxy.
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