Munchausen by Proxy Research

(Also Known As: Factitious Disorder Research, Malingering Research, Munchausen Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Current Research on Munchausen by Proxy

The continuing increase in the number of victims of Munchausen by proxy strengthened the need for law enforcers to develop an understanding of various complicated issues regarding the disorder. By allowing investigators to have a better understanding of Munchausen by proxy, they would be able to pinpoint the collaborators of the crime, clear innocent suspects, and ensure the safety of the children 6.

One study focusing on the serial nature of Munchausen by proxy revealed that 80 percent of mothers suffering from Munchausen by proxy had knowledge in the health profession. Likewise, another 80 percent showed symptoms of Munchausen syndrome and another 80 percent were treated by a psychiatrist before the diagnosis. 60 percent of those involved in the study attempted suicide.

The study also revealed that individuals who were initially diagnosed with Munchausen syndrome are prone to commit Munchausen by proxy. The level of severity of the abuse may be intensified and may eventually lead to self-inflicted abuse.

Traditionally, most cases involving Munchausen by proxy involved the biological mother of the abused child. Recently, however, the profile of perpetrators have been extended to other individuals, whether within or outside of the child’s family. Nowadays, it is common to see fathers, aunts, grandmothers, and even babysitters committing Munchausen by proxy.

Could You Have Munchausen By Proxy?

Munchausen By Proxy Topics

Related Conditions

Factitious Disorder – deliberate feigning of symptoms, exaggeration of medical condition
Malingering – faking of symptoms with obvious incentive benefits, exaggeration of medical condition, lying, deception
Munchausen Syndrome – chronic factitious disorder, feigning of symptoms, self induced injury to produce symptoms