Brief ReportsQuality of Parental Care and Traumatic Experiences in Childhood Related to Schizophrenic DisordersNeumann, Eva PhD∗; Juckel, Georg MD†; Haussleiter, Ida S. MD∗,†Author Information ∗Research Institute for Mental Health †Department for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Preventive Medicine, LWL-University Hospital Bochum, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany. Send reprint requests to Eva Neumann, PhD, Research Institute for Mental Health, LWL-University Hospital Bochum, Ruhr-University Bochum, Alexandrinenstraße 1-3, 44791 Bochum, Germany. E-mail: email@example.com. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: October 2020 - Volume 208 - Issue 10 - p 818-821 doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001203 Buy Metrics Abstract In recent times, an increasing interest in the role of childhood adversities in schizophrenia can be seen. In this study, 37 schizophrenic patients were compared with 25 individuals from the general population with regard to the quality of parental care and traumatic experiences in childhood. Two self-report scales for retrospective measurement of these variables were used that differentiate between maternal and paternal rejection, emotional warmth and control on the one hand, and trauma subtypes on the other. The schizophrenic patients scored lower regarding both parents' emotional warmth and higher regarding emotional and physical abuse and neglect. Group membership was correctly predicted with these childhood variables in 83% of cases, with the mother's emotional warmth being the best predictor. The findings underline the relevance of childhood adversities in schizophrenic diseases in adulthood, with special emphasis on the role of emotional acceptance from the primary caregiver. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.