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DSM-IV - Factitious Disorder by Proxy

[From American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th ed. Text rev. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; copyright 2000.] ...

  1. Intentional production or feigning of physical or psychological signs or symptoms in another person who is under the individual's care.
  2. The motivation for the perpetrator's behavior is to assume the sick role by proxy.
  3. External incentives for the behavior (such as economic gain) are absent.
  4. The behavior is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

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