Resilience Scale for Children (RS10)
The Resilience Scale for Children or 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.
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 RS10. The 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 RS10 measures individual resilience capacity along five core elements:
- Sense of purpose and meaning
Frequently Asked Questions
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.