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Childhood experiences and personality traits in patients with motor conversion symptoms
Article first published online: 13 NOV 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 98, Issue 4, pages 288–295, October 1998
How to Cite
Binzer, M. and Eisemann, M. (1998), Childhood experiences and personality traits in patients with motor conversion symptoms. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 98: 288–295. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1998.tb10086.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 13 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication April 23, 1998
- conversion disorder;
- parental rearing;
- childhood experiences
A total of 30 patients with newly diagnosed motor conversion disorder were consecutively investigated by means of a Swedish self-rating inventory designed to assess perceived parental rearing practices (EMBU), and the Karolinska Scale of Personality (KSP). DSM Axis I and II psychopathology was assessed using a Structured Clinical Interview (SCID), and comparisons were made with 30 age- and sex-matched in-patients with motor symptoms due to a neurological disorder. Depression, the presence of a personality disorder and also poor schooling proved to be significantly associated with motor conversion disorder. The index patients perceived a high degree of parental rejection as well as low levels of affection and emotional warmth during childhood, but contrary to most previous studies, childhood physical and/or sexual abuse was not found to be associated with motor conversion disorder.