Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy was first described in 1951 by a British physician, but it was not until 1977 that the condition was labeled “Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy” by pediatrician Roy Meadow. The syndrome was defined as, “a condition in which a parent or other caretaker persistently fabricates symptoms on behalf of another, causing that person to be regarded as ill.” Dr. Meadow was the first to describe this behavior as abuse and is still considered a form of abuse by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Currently, in the United States the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM – 5), the syndrome is termed Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another or FDIA.
For our newsletter and blog this month we are reviewing Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy. The blog topics for this month are:
- Munchausen’s: Definition (10/2/15)
- Munchausen’s: The Victim (10/9/15)
- Munchausen’s: The Offender (10/16/15)
- Munchausen’s: Criminal Implications (10/23/15)
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