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Development of a multi-dimensional measure of resilience in adolescents : the adolescent resilience questionnaire

Gartland, Deirdre, Bond, Lyndal, Olsson, Craig A., Buzwell, Simone and Sawyer, Susan M. 2011, Development of a multi-dimensional measure of resilience in adolescents : the adolescent resilience questionnaire, BMC medical research methodology, vol. 11, no. 134, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-11-134.

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Title Development of a multi-dimensional measure of resilience in adolescents : the adolescent resilience questionnaire
Author(s) Gartland, Deirdre
Bond, Lyndal
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A. orcid.org/0000-0002-5927-2014
Buzwell, Simone
Sawyer, Susan M.
Journal name BMC medical research methodology
Volume number 11
Issue number 134
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1471-2288
Keyword(s) resilience
Summary Background: The concept of resilience has captured the imagination of researchers and policy makers over the past two decades. However, despite the ever growing body of resilience research, there is a paucity of relevant, comprehensive measurement tools. In this article, the development of a theoretically based, comprehensive multidimensional measure of resilience in adolescents is described.

Methods: Extensive literature review and focus groups with young people living with chronic illness informed the conceptual development of scales and items. Two sequential rounds of factor and scale analyses were undertaken to revise the conceptually developed scales using data collected from young people living with a chronic illness and a general population sample.

Results: The revised Adolescent Resilience Questionnaire comprises 93 items and 12 scales measuring resilience factors in the domains of self, family, peer, school and community. All scales have acceptable alpha coefficients. Revised scales closely reflect conceptually developed scales.

Conclusions: It is proposed that, with further psychometric testing, this new measure of resilience will provide researchers and clinicians with a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate instrument to measure a young person’s capacity to achieve positive outcomes despite life stressors.
Notes First published online 5th October 2011

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2288-11-134
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Gartland et al.
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