Faculty Articles

Title

Personality Profiles of Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another: A Comparative Analysis.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-13-2017

Keywords

Factitious Disorder Imposed by Another, MMPI-2, mother-perpetrators, personality characteristics

Publication Title

Journal of Child Custody

ISSN

1537-940X

Volume

14

Issue/No.

2-3

Abstract

Factitious Disorder Imposed by Another (FDIA) can be difficult to expeditiously identify. Understanding personality characteristics of FDIA perpetrators via psychological assessment may decrease the time between initial abuse and identification of FDIA. Personality characteristics of FDIA mother-perpetrators were examined through a comparative analysis of MMPI-2 profiles. It was predicted that mother-perpetrators would have significantly higher overall profile elevations on the MMPI-2 and elevations on specific clinical scales than a comparative control group. Results indicated that mother-perpetrators displayed significantly higher, elevations on the Psychasthenia (Pt) and Schizophrenia (Sc) scales and a trend toward significantly higher elevation on the Psychopathic Deviate (Pd) scale than the control group. These findings, along with the demographic information obtained, establish a preliminary foundation for understanding an overall profile of mother-perpetrators.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/15379418.2017.1331780

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