Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome: The triad of abuse, self-abuse, and deception

Mircea Sigal, Marc Gelkopf, Roy S. Meadow

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The Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome (MbPS) is a complicated phenomenon whereby a peculiar threefold relationship between perpetrator, victim, and medical staff develops. This triad is based on abuse of the child, deception of the doctor, and, in many cases, self-abuse or passivity of the victim towards the perpetrator's deeds. We have analyzed the interrelationship between the perpetrator, the victim, and the medical authority, in light of the mother's pathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-533
Number of pages7
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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