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NCJ Number: 136171 Find in a Library
Title: Munchausen's Syndrome in Law Enforcement
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:61  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:11-14
Author(s): P DiVasto; G Saxton
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
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Language: English
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Annotation: Munchausen' syndrome is described and discussed with particular reference to law enforcement personnel.
Abstract: The general characteristics of the disorder are manifested by a self-infliction of injury upon the body. Munchausen patients cling to denial, even with overwhelming evidence that they have been the source of their own illness or injury. It may occur more frequently in law enforcement because of deteriorating personal relationships in an officer's life as well as job-related frustrations and other problems. There are two general models of Munchausen Syndrome identified within the law enforcement context. The two models, distinguished as Type A and Type B, share similar characteristics, but are induced by different factors. Type A may be trying to alter an unsatisfactory career or personal circumstances, whereas Type B may be trying to gain acceptance by peers. The latter is exemplified by an officer who has not been exposed to a danger and may feel a need to invent such an incident to achieve credibility and officer acceptance. Careful analysis of the causes of the syndrome will determine the most appropriate treatment solutions. 6 notes
Main Term(s): Mental disorders
Index Term(s): Behavior under stress; Police occupational stress
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