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Brief Resilience Scale (BRS)

Availability:

Publicly available

Description:

A self-administered questionnaire with six Likert-style items.

Protocol:

Please respond to each item by marking one box per row:

Strongly Disagree

Disagree

Neutral

Agree

Strongly Agree

1.

I tend to bounce back quickly after hard times

1 [ ]

2 [ ]

3 [ ]

4 [ ]

5 [ ]

2.

I have a hard time making it through stressful events

5 [ ]

4 [ ]

3 [ ]

2 [ ]

1 [ ]

3.

It does not take me long to recover from a stressful event

1 [ ]

2 [ ]

3 [ ]

4 [ ]

5 [ ]

4.

It is hard for me to snap back when something bad happens

5 [ ]

4 [ ]

3 [ ]

2 [ ]

1 [ ]

5.

I usually come through difficult times with little trouble

1 [ ]

2 [ ]

3 [ ]

4 [ ]

5 [ ]

6.

I tend to take a long time to get over set-backs in my life

5 [ ]

4 [ ]

3 [ ]

2 [ ]

1 [ ]

Scoring: Add the responses varying from 1-5 for all six items giving a range from 6-30. Divide the total sum by the total number of questions answered.

My score: ______ item average / 6

Score interpretation

BRS score

Interpretation

1.00-2.99

Low resilience

3.00-4.30

Normal resilience

4.31-6.00

High resilience

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Life Stage:

Adolescent, Adult, Senior

Specific Instructions:

A self-administered questionnaire with six Likert-style items.

Scoring note:

Items 1, 3, and 5 are positively worded, and items 2, 4, and 6 are negatively worded. The BRS is scored by reverse-coding items 2, 4, and 6 and finding the mean of the six items.

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

July 2, 2018

Definition

A self-administered questionnaire to assess the ability to bounce back or recover from stress.

Purpose

An individual's ability to bounce back or recover from stress is key to being able to deal with life's challenges.

Selection Rationale

The Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) is a validated, widely used measure of resilience that uses as few items as necessary to accurately assess resilience. Among similar protocols, the BRS is the only measure that specifically assesses resilience in its original and most basic meaning: to bounce back or recover from stress.

Language

English, Spanish

Standards

StandardNameIDSource

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.

Source

Brief Resilience Scale (BRS).

Smith, B. W., Dalen, J., Wiggins, K., Tooley, E., Christopher, P., & Bernard, J. (2008). The brief resilience scale: Assessing the ability to bounce back. International journal of behavioral medicine, 15(3), 194-200.

General References

Charney, D. S. (2004). Psychobiological mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability: Implications for successful adaptation to extreme stress. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161, 195-216.

Masten, A. S. (2001). Ordinary magic: Resilience processes in development. American Psychologist, 56, 227-238

Smith, B. W., Epstein, E. E., Oritz, J. A., Christopher, P. K., & Tooley, E. M. (2013). The Foundations of resilience: What are the critical resources for bouncing back from stress? In S. Prince-Embury & D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), Resilience in children, adolescents, and adults: Translating research into practice (pp. 167-187). New York: Springer.

Windle, G., Bennett, K. M., & Noyes, J. (2011). A methodological review of resilience measurement scales. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 9, 8.

Protocol ID:

251401

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