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.