Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome: A Case Series Study from Turkey


OZDEMIR D. , YALCIN S. S. , AKGÜL S. , EVINC S. G. , KARHAN A., KARADAG F., ...Daha Fazla

JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, cilt.30, ss.661-671, 2015 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s10896-015-9700-3
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.661-671

Özet

Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) is a rare form of child abuse in which a caregiver deliberately exaggerates, fabricates, and/or induces health problems in those in their care. The condition is extremely difficult to characterize and diagnose, as it manifests in many forms, often confusing the medical team. Insufficient knowledge regarding the syndrome and rare consideration of the differential diagnosis results in failure to recognize the problem. Literature suggests that an increase in physician awareness of the disorder can prevent or reduce its morbidity and mortality. For this reason, we believe that case series can help increase current knowledge on epidemiology, aetiology, diagnostic criteria, advised management of MSBP, and the psychological portrait of the perpetrator. Additionally, no data from Turkey has previously been presented on this issue. This study aimed to report characteristics of MSPB victims and alleged perpetrator, which were diagnosed and managed by a multidisciplinary team.