2013 issue 4


Volume 22, issue 4

Original article

Mothers 'personality and coping when caring for adult children with schizophrenia

Beata Joanna Kasperek-Zimowska1, Stanisława Józefa Steuden2, Katarzyna Charzyńska1
1. Klinika Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, Warszawa
2. Katedra Psychologii Klinicznej, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski, Lublin
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2013; 22 (4): 239-242
Keywords: mothers, personality, schizophrenia


Objectives. Assessment of the relationship between mothers 'personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, conscientiousness) and their ways of coping in the situation of caring for an adult child with schizophrenia.
Methods. 71 mothers who cared for an adult child with chronic schizophrenia were included in the study. The NEO-FFI Personality Inventory, developed by Costa and McCrae and the Ways of Coping with Child's Illness Questionnaire (WCCI) developed by B. Kasperek-Zimowska and S. Steuden were used for data collection.
Results. High correlation coefficients were found between the neuroticism scale and the surrender scale (r=0.52; p<0.001), between neuroticism scale and nursing grievance scale (r=0.40; p<0.001) and between neuroticism scale and focusing on feeling guilty scale (r=0.39; p<0.00).
Conclusions. Mothers with high level of neuroticism disengaged from active coping with the child's mental illness. Mothers with high agreeableness sought support in coping with the child 's illness but did not distance themselves from the illness, which could increase the risk of burnout.

Address for correspondence:
mgr Katarzyna Charzyńska
Klinika Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii
ul. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa
e-mail: sierk@ipin.edu.pl