Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™)

Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™)

In order to use the authorized Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™), you are required to purchase a licensing agreement. To not do so is in violation of the copyright for the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™).

Please go to RS10 or Contact Us for more information. We will respond within 72 hours M-F.


The Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™) is a 10-item survey that measures a child’s capacity to respond in a positive way to whatever life brings. It is built on our resilience research that began in the mid-1980s. It is a strengths-based tool, which means that:

  • It helps children recognize their unique capabilities.
  • Identifies what is going well in their life.
  • Lays the foundation upon which to build and support sustainable change.

Brief Background

We developed the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™) to measure individual resilience in children ages 7-12 years. There are many benefits for using the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™). The Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™):

  • Is positively worded and easily understood for children as young as 7 years old.
  • Helps teachers and guidance counselors in middle school settings assess resilience capacity.
  • Has a Flesch Reading Ease of 94.8, which is easily understood by most 7-12 year-olds. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade level is 2.4, which corresponds with the grade level.
  • Cronbach’s alpha was .82 in early testing of the RS10.

As with each of our resilience measures, the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™) measures individual resilience capacity along five core elements:

  • Sense of purpose and meaning
  • Authenticity
  • Equanimity
  • Self-Reliance
  • Perseverance

Frequently Asked Questions

The Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™)is written at the 2nd grade level and is suitable for children ages 7-12 years. It is easily understood.

The Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™) takes approximately 4-5 minutes to complete though this may vary depending on the reading ability of the respondent.

Yes you are required to purchase a licensing agreement to use the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™) or be in violation of the copyright of this proprietary instrument. You can do this directly on the website by clicking on RS10. Once completed, we will send you the print ready Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™), the digital User’s Guide, and the licensing agreement.

Examples of items from the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™) include:

  • I think I’m okay just the way I am right now.
  • When I get upset, I know how to calm down.
  • I finish what I begin.


If you are interested in purchasing a licensing agreement to use the Resilience Scale for Children™ (RS10™), please go to RS10 or Contact Us for more information. We will respond within 72 hours M-F.