Objectives. The aim of the study was to assess the severity of neuroticism (NEU) and neurotism (N) in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD), using two different methods.
Methods. Two groups of FD patients were examined: one consisted of 30 (19 M, 21 F; mean age 39.2 years) and the other of 34 individuals (16 M, 18 F; mean age 37.9). Our assumptions were verified by means of two independent methods, based on the same theory: the NEO-FFI questionnaire measuring NEU intensity, and the 16-Factor Personality Questionnaire (PF-16) by R.B. Cattell evaluatning the tendency to N.
Results. The patients examined with the NEO-FFI questionnaire did not differ significantly from the general population in the NEU level. Those assessed with the PF-16 showed a significantly stronger tendency to N.
Conclusions. The intensity of neurotic tendencies in patients with functional dyspepsia turned out to depend on the assessment method used.