Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another

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Lecture Overview

Factitious disorder imposed on another (Munchausen's by proxy) is a rare mental health condition that sees a person use deceptive behaviours to transfer false physical illness and injury onto another, usually a dependent. In this session, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke explores several high-profile cases, in which the disorder has led to severe cases of child abuse, recognising that FDIA - though a complex mental illness - should also be viewed through a child protection lens.

(Content warning: This lecture includes references to crimes involving children. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.)


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Karen-Ann Clarke View profile
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke (PhD) is a registered nurse, specialising in mental health, and a lecturer in nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has been working in the field of education for over twenty years. Karen is passionate about the impact of emotional distress and mental health on individuals and families.
CPD time39m
First Published14 February 2021
Updated13 February 2021
27 February 2024
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Adolescent Health
Family Violence
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