The Brief Resilience Scale

General information


The Brief Resilience Scale was created to assess the perceived ability to bounce back or recover from stress. The scale was developed to assess a unitary construct of resilience, including both positively and negatively worded items.


Instructions (depending on how the questions are set out):

How strongly to you agree or disagree with the following statements
or Respond to each statement below by circling one answer per row


1. I tend to bounce back quickly after hard times.
2. I have a hard time making it through stressful events.
3. It does not take me long to recover from a stressful event.
4. It is hard for me to snap back when something bad happens.
5. I usually come through difficult times with little trouble.
6. I tend to take a long time to get over setbacks in my life.

Disagree Neutral Agree



Smith, B. W., Dalen, J., Wiggins, K., Tooley, E., Christopher, P., & Bernard, J. (2008). The brief resilience scale: assessing the ability to bounce back. International journal of behavioral medicine, 15(3), 194-200.

Validation details

Fung SF. Validity of the Brief Resilience Scale and Brief Resilient Coping Scale in a Chinese Sample. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(4):1265. Published 2020 Feb 16. doi:10.3390/ijerph17041265

Cronbach’s α = 0.71


Cost / Terms of Use

Free (No permission required)

Instructions and Scoring



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