The Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a factitious disorder is demonstrated by the signs or indications of an illness, as well as modification of laboratory tests. It involves a deliberate production of illness in another person, most commonly children by mothers or caregivers, to pretend a sick role making the child appear sick while they are portrayed as a martyr. This disorder is a controversial diagnosis and poorly understood, making it hard to diagnose and treat. The nature of this syndrome and the impact it has on children could be considered the most severe form of child abuse. The clinical manifestation, condition of the perpetrator, and behavioral signs are discussed throughout the paper. The impact on the child, assessment, and treatment methods from various studies have been presented in this paper. This paper also discusses the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the impact Munchausen by proxy can have on the child. The paper provides an insight on the Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and educates the public in an attempt to increase awareness.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 12-2-2021


Rachael Hovermale

Mentor Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

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Restricted Access Dissertation

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing