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Most Perpetrators of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy Are Victim's Mother


Objective: To describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of perpetrators of medical child abuse (also known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy). Design/Methods: Systematic search for cases published since 1965, which yielded 796 perpetrators from 309 case reports and 487 case series. Results: 98% of perpetrators were female and 96% were the victim's mother. Mean age of the perpetrator at the time of the child's presentation was 27 years. Almost half of the perpetrators were more...
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