Fabrication or induction of illness in a child: A critical review of labels and the literature using electronic libraries
Social Care Ireland
This paper argues that the variance between professionals on the use of terminology to describe and define this form of child maltreatment may lead to a loss of focus on children's welfare. The author argues that the label Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy has outlived its use and recommends the adoption of a new label 'Fabrication or Induction of Illness in a Child'. The article presents a critical analysis of the titles of 410 unique library entries collated from electronic libraries to discern the prevalence of labels to denote the fabrication or induction of illness in children. The article also reviews recent developments in the UK courts and some critical observations on the challenges to the field. The author notes with concern that there does not appear to be a preponderance of service user narratives or critical perspectives in the literature. The adoption of a more critical orientation and the acknowledgement of critical service user narratives may be a useful focus for future research. The paper reviews the merits of electronic libraries to efficiently discern an up to date reading list on a particular theme or issue. Electronic libraries can be of particular use to research minded practitioners and as a tool to support evidence based practice. The use of electronic libraries to facilitate the research process is affirmed, although some issues regarding accuracy and research skills are noted. Electronic libraries can be of particular use to research minded practitioners and as a tool to support practice.
Fabrication or induction of illness in a child , Child abuse , Electronic libraries , Labels , Service Users' , Munchausen syndrome by proxy
Burns, Kenneth (2004) "Fabrication or Induction of Illness in a Child: a Critical Review of Labels and Literature Using Electronic Libraries," Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 5: Iss. 1-2, Article 6, pp.74-92. Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol5/iss1/6
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