Munchausen syndrome by proxy


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Munchausen syndrome by proxy

 [mun´chow-zen]

Mun·chau·sen syn·drome by prox·y

(mūn'chow-zĕn),
a form of child maltreatment or abuse inflicted by a caretaker (usually the mother) with fabrications of symptoms and/or induction of signs of disease, leading to unnecessary investigations and interventions, with occasional serious health consequences, including death of the child.

Munchausen syndrome by proxy

n.
A psychiatric disorder in which a parent or other caregiver seeks attention from medical professionals by causing or fabricating signs or symptoms of illness in a child.
A term coined by Roy Meadow for a condition in which a parent, guardian, or spouse deliberately injures a person in his or her care—usually a child or vulnerable adult—or relates symptoms that his/her ward does not in fact have, for a primary gain, such as controlled substances to be later sold, or a secondary gain such as attention and sympathy

Mun·chau·sen syn·drome by prox·y

(MSP) (mūn'chow-zĕn sindrōm proksē)
Child abuse inflicted by a caretaker (usually the mother) with fabrications of symptoms and/or induction of signs of disease, leading to unnecessary investigations and interventions, with occasional serious health consequences, including death of the child. Also called factitious illness by proxy.
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The investigators suspected Munchausen syndrome by proxy when the mother told them she had previously taken the child for seven different psychological evaluations within the preceding 8 months but had been dissatisfied with the results every time.
Despite the evolving understanding of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy within the medical and law enforcement fields, police investigators still might find it difficult to believe that a child's caregiver, someone who appears sincerely concerned about the victim's health, could be the cause of a child's symptoms.
The doubt over Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - said to drive parents to fake illness in children to gain doctors' attention - follows the discrediting of Professor Meadow's theory that multiple cot deaths were probably murder.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy refers to people, usually parents, who harm children in order to draw attention to themselves or to satisfy a need to nurse the child.
Hawking's three children and his nurses fear he may be the victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, in which sufferers harm others to draw attention to themselves.
His and Jane's children, Robert, 37, Lucy, 31 and 24-year-old Tim fear he may be the victim of somebody suffering from controversial Munchausen Syndrome by proxy.
His children with Jane - Robert, 37, Lucy, 31, and 24-year-old Tim - fear he may be the victim of somebody suffering from controversial Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Yesterday's judgment offers little comfort to those whose children have been taken from their parents on the basis of Professor Meadow's theory of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Hawking's three children and nurses who have cared for him, fear he may be the victim of controversial Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in which sufferers harm others to draw attention to themselves.
Hawking's three children, and nurses who have cared him, fear he may be the victim of controversial Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy in which sufferers harm others to draw attention to themselves.
The woman, who suffers from Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, was slowly killing her son.
Psychiatrists call the condition Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy.