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Factitious Disorder by proxy (or Munchausen's syndrome by proxy) is a condition in which a person induces physical symptoms in another person who is under that person's care.

Factitious disorder not otherwise specified refers to a type of Factitious Disorders which includes a disorder called factitious disorder by proxy (also called Munchausen syndrome by proxy). People with this disorder produce or fabricate symptoms of illness in another person under their care. It most usually occurs in mothers, although it can also occur in fathers who intentionally harm their children in order to receive attention .

Factitious disorder with both psychological and physical symptoms refers to a type of Factitious Disorders. People with this disorder produce symptoms of both physical and mental illness .

Factitious disorder with mostly physical symptoms refers to a type of Factitious Disorders. People with this disorder claim to have symptoms related to a physical illness , such as symptoms of chest pain, stomach problems or fever. This disorder is sometimes referred to as Munchausen syndrome , named for Baron von Munchausen, an 18th century German officer who was known for embellishing the stories of his life and experiences. *

Factitious disorders refer to kind of disorders marked by deliberately faking physical or mental illness to gain medical attention.

Factor is defined as the hypothesized dimension underlying an interrelated set of variables; a variable that differentiates a set of groups or conditions being compared in a research study. In an experimental design , a Factor is an independent variable.

Factor analysis refers to statistical technique used to reduce large amounts of data (e.g. answers to personality questionnaires given to large numbers of people) into groups of items, or factors, that correlate highly with each other but not with other items.

Factor analytic approach is defined as a statistical method usually used in test construction to determine whether potential items are or are not highly related to each other.

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