Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome: A Case Series Study from Turkey

FOTO ÖZDEMİR D., YALÇIN S. S., AKGÜL S., EVİNÇ Ş. G., Karhan A., Karadag F., ...More

JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, vol.30, no.5, pp.661-671, 2015 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10896-015-9700-3
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.661-671
  • Keywords: Child abuse, Multidisciplinary team, Factitious disorder, Caregiver, CHILDREN, PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, ILLNESS, CONTEXT, DECEIT, FORMS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


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.