Resilience Assessment for Adults

The online Resilience Scale II is a highly valid and reliable 25-item self-rating scale that measures individual resilience in any setting. It is the revised and updated version of the original Resilience Scale and it is intended for online resilience assessments. It is the end result of more than 30 years of research and the most used scale to measure resilience in the world. 

The Resilience Scale II is:

  • Online and ready for your organization to brand and deliver within days.
  • Strengths-based, positively worded, easily understood, and fun to complete.
  • Highly cost-effective. As a single measure of resilience, it removes the need for separate measures to arrive at a resilience assessment.
  • Ideal as a baseline measure to estimate resilience in groups and assess changes in aggregate resilience scores over time or for individuals in coaching and counseling programs.

Upon completion of the Resilience Scale II and at the click of a button, a detailed and personalized  Resilience Profile is generated.

  • The Profile:
    • Explains an individual’s score in detail.
    • Offers recommendations for strengthening resilience.
    • Identifies behaviors that can diminish resilience.
    • Is an excellent starting place for workshops, individual reflection, group discussions, and coaching/counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Resilience is the capacity to live with purpose, perseverance, equanimity, authenticity, and self-reliance. A strong capacity for resilience leads to lives that are rich, rewarding, and significant. As your resilience grows, you will be better prepared to positively manage change, challenge, and adversity.

Resilient individuals regain their balance and keep going, despite misfortune. They find meaning amidst confusion and tumult. Resilient persons are self-confident and understand their own strengths and abilities. They do not feel a pressure to conform but take pleasure in being unique and will “go it alone” if necessary. Resilient individuals have confidence in their ability to persevere because they have done so before and anticipate rather than fear change and challenges.

Being resilient does not mean that an individual will “bounce back” and return to the same position after experiencing difficulties, but it does mean that equilibrium will be re-established. Resilient persons experience the same difficulties and stressors as everyone else; they are not immune or hardened to stress, but they have learned how to deal with life’s inevitable difficulties and this ability sets them apart.

Please see our Free Paper entitled “Discovering Your Resilience Core.” 

The Resilience Scale II™ is a proven tool, based on sound scientific research. It is based on 30 years of research. Our individual measures of resilience have been used successfully by over 3 million people around the world.

There are many other instruments available to measure resilience but the Resilience Scale II is very likely the best choice. It is highly reliable and valid. It has been used with individuals as young as 12 years of age and with elders who have reached 100 years and more.

We developed our measures in the 1980s and did so by talking to people who were resilient rather than by creating a measure based on what researchers think resilience should look like.

We went to the source to learn about resilience and when you look at the items in the  Resilience Scale II, you will immediately recognize the validity of the measure.

Dr. Gail Wagnild’s book True Resilience  details the original research that led to the  Resilience Scale and her work prior to the creation of the scale that eventually led her to an in-depth understanding of resilience.

The Resilience Scale II has been used with age groups as young as 12 years as well as the very old (greater than 100 years).

  • The Flesch Reading Ease is 80.8, which is easily understood by most 12-year olds.
  • The Flesch-Kincaid Grade level is 4.3, which corresponds with the 4th

The Resilience Scale II has been associated with health promoting behaviors in prior research. More importantly, the Resilience Scale II measures the five core characteristics of resilience (purpose, perseverance, self-reliance, equanimity, and authenticity). Individuals, who have a reason to get up in the morning, believe they are capable, and have a drive to keep going, may be more likely to self-manage illness well. This means that a moderate to moderately high score using the Resilience Scale II may indicate better self-management potential.

Using the Resilience Scale II, the data from thousands of respondents strongly suggest that as one ages, scores on the Resilience Scale II increase. In a recent study of 8,513 individuals, the average Resilience Scale II score for those younger than 30 was about 116 and for those older than 60, the Resilience Scale II score averaged 125. For each 10 year age group, the score increased by about 2 points.

The Resilience Scale II is consistently and significantly related to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. When the Resilience Scale II scores increase, symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress decrease.

Average response time to complete the Resilience Scale II is 4-5 minutes.

Yes. You must purchase a license to use the   Resilience Scale II. Please contact us.

Examples of items include:

  • I am determined even if the odds are against me.
  • I can find something positive in whatever happens.
  • My life has purpose.

If you are interested in using the online Resilience Scale II in your school, college/university, wellness program or organization, please Contact Us.  We will respond within 48 hours.