Factitious Disorder by Proxy (FDP)
Looks at the extent to which someone diagnosed with factitious disorder by proxy (FDP) is responsible for harm they cause to a child in their care.
# 152526 | 2,560 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2013 |
Published on Mar 10, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders) , Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)
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This paper explains that factitious disorder by proxy (FDP), mental disorders in which a person acts as if she has a physical or mental illness when, in fact, she consciously has created her symptoms. When FDP takes the form of Munchhausen by proxy (MBP), the author stresses that it is crucial that the medical and legal professional protect the child from its MBP caretaker. The paper presents case histories and suggests a procedure for child protection teams to work directly with the medical staff and to serve as excellent liaisons between law enforcement and medical personnel.
From the Paper:"In 1977, Roy Meadow originally depicted Munchhausen by proxy (MBP) in England. Ever since then after 1977, there have been more than 400 incidental reports globally in pediatric and child psychiatry literature. Even though it is frequently considered a rare condition, the reports when carefully studied reveals a total population of around 1200 new cases of strangulation and poisoning alone annually in the USA and Australia. As the disease got to be known by professional as well as popular media there was a confusion in the understanding, so that even people related to the field started to consider medical falsification of a symptom in a child adequate for the diagnosis. These understandings generate a particular term that is used for the psychiatric diagnosis in children, known as pediatric condition falsification (PCF). But this advance distinguishes that there are numerous severe types of illness inventions and fabrications that pediatricians and others come across that entail motives other than those seen in MBP. Factitious disorder by proxy (FDP) is the diagnostic cat gory for the caretaker who harms her child though PCF for particular self-serving psychological needs. MBP then is retained as the name applied to the disorder that contains these two elements, a diagnosis in the child and a diagnosis in the caretaker."
Sample of Sources Used:
- McClure RJ, Davis PM, Meadow SR, Sibert JR. Epidemiology of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, non-accidental poisoning, and non-accidental suffocation. Arch Dis Child.1996; 75 :57 -61
- Rosenberg D. From lying to homicide: the spectrum of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. In Levin A, Sheridan M, eds. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment. New York, NY: Lexington Books; 1995
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