ERIC Number: EJ863250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Beyond Munchausen by Proxy: A Proposed Conceptualization for Cases of Recurring, Unsubstantiated Sexual Abuse Allegations
Lindahl, Mary W.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v18 n2 p206-220 2009
In the emerging literature, cases involving recurring, unsubstantiated allegations of child sexual abuse have generally been categorized as Munchausen by proxy. Recent scholars have recommended restricting the label to the original conceptualization, involving purposeful deception motivated by psychological needs for medical attention. This leaves many cases unclassified that do not fit the Munchausen by proxy criteria, involve significant risks to the child, and ultimately fall outside of existing structures for Child Protective Services/legal intervention. This paper presents a reconceptualization of such cases, proposing to label them "recurring sexual abuse allegation" cases. Defining the set of cases more clearly can aid child protection workers in their management and encourage research on prevalence, consequences to children, treatment strategies, and needed legal reforms.
Descriptors: Psychological Needs, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Evaluation Criteria, Risk, Caseworkers, Public Agencies, Incidence, Therapy, Child Welfare, Deception, Mothers, Fathers, Family Relationship, Conflict, Medical Evaluation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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