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The Brief Resilience Scale

The Brief Resilience Scale is a simple self-assessment that individuals can complete to assess their resilience. It consists of six statements for individuals to agree or disagree with, and it generates a score of between 6 and 30.

Summary by The World of Work Project

Measuring resilience

Measuring resilience isn’t a terribly easy thing to do in an objective way. The majority of efforts to do so involve self assessment, and many larger organizations have resilience assessment or stress assessment tools which they use internally.

An example of a simple resilience assessment tool that individuals or organizations could consider using is the “brief resilience scale”, which we look at below.

The brief resilience scale

The brief resilience scale is a simple, self-assessment tool that individuals can use to assess their own levels of resilience.

The tool asks individuals to decide how much they agree or disagree with six statements. Each answer is allocated a number. Once all six statements have been assessed, the individual can total up their numbers to give themselves an overall resilience score of between 6 and 30.

The tool does not provide any specific guidance in relation to what different scores mean, beyond that lower scores mean lower levels of resilience.

The tool benefits from being used by individuals over a period of time. As individuals take action and work on improving their resilience they should start to see changes in their scores.

Life can flourish in the most unlikely of circumstances.

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We think this tool is very simple and that while it sacrifices detail for brevity, it is still a helpful tool for assessing an individual’s resilience.

It is designed for self-assessment and while results can be shared (for example with a  manager in the workplace), when individuals know that their results will be shared they might either inflate or deflate their scores. That doesn’t particularly change the usefulness of the tool, it’s just something that people should be aware of.

One of the advantages of using tools like this in the work place is that they often help people initiate conversations about how they are doing, and it is these conversations that often help people improve their resilience and wellbeing.

Overall, we think this is a helpful small tool, particularly for individuals, or for organizations without more complex assessment tools as part of their employee management and wellbeing practices.

Sources and further reading

Where possible we always recommend that people read up on the original sources of information and ideas.

Most of the information used as the basis for this post comes from an article titled: “The brief resilience scale: assessing the ability to bounce back”, from the International journal of behavioral medicine. You can read the original article here.


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