Psychological resilience

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This learning resource is for introducing and explaining the concept of psychological resilience and for researchers to discuss investigations of resilience. The material here is in its early stages, so please contribute. It is also recommended that you consult the psychological resilience article on Wikipedia.


The notion of resilience derives from the physiological stress literature and the coping literature.


There are a variety of options for measuring the resiliency of an individual, a family, a classroom, a school, community or organisation.

This paper reviews 19 resilience instruments:

Free and open source measures[edit]

Copyrighted, no-cost[edit]

  • 10-item Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC; Connor & Davidson, 2003)
  • 25-item Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RIsc)
  • Resilience Scale (Wagnild & Young, 1993)
  • 30-item Bharathiar University Resilience Scale (BURS; Annalakshmi, 2009)

Proprietary, at-cost measure[edit]

  • Resiliency Initiatives, has developed a resiliency assessment for three age groups:
    • 8 - 12 (written at the level of English comprehension skills of a North American Grade 3 student)
    • 13 - 18 (written at the level of English comprehension skills of a North American Grade 3 student)
    • 19 and up. (written at the level of English comprehension skills of a North American Grade 5 student).

Designed and developed by Dr. Wayne Hammond and his associates at Resiliency Initiatives in Aberta Canada.


See also[edit]

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