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Hurting for Love: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

Hurting for Love: Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

by Herbert A. Schreier, Judith A. Libow, Schreier


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This book offers the first comprehensive, detailed examination of Munchausen by Proxy syndrome (MBPS). Written by leading authorities, it covers all known clinical, medical, psychological, social, and legal aspects of the disorder, including detection, dynamics, treatment, and clinical management. An innovative theory of the disorder is delineated and extensive psychological test data presented to shed light on the cognitive and psychological makeup of mothers with MBPS. Also provided is a cogent analysis of the broader cultural context within which MBPS has developed as predominantly a disorder of women.

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ISBN-13: 9780898621211
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Herbert A. Schreier, M.D., is Chief of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, California. He trained in child psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was a Commonwealth Foundation Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His current clinical and research interests include community response to disasters, socially inept children, and the genetics and treatment of Tourette's Syndrome and bipolar disorders in childhood.


Mental health professionals, social workers, physicians, nurses, child protection professionals, legal practitioners, all who may come in contact with abused children and anyone interested in women's issues, child abuse, and medical and social history.

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