The Resiliency Attitudes Scale (R.A.S.) was developed to
assess resiliencies as defined by Steven and Sybil Wolin in
their book entitled The Resilient Self. Items were
developed to tap attitudes that would reflect each of the
seven resiliencies the Wolin's identified while working with
their clients: Insight, Independence, Relationships, Initiative,
Creativity and Humor, and Morality. An additional subscale
was added to assess general resiliency which we defined as
persistence at working through difficulties, and belief
that one can survive and make things better. These resiliency
subscales were further divided into "Skill Subscales" made up
of questions that tap the basic resiliency skills within
each resiliency. For instance, the independence resiliency
requires that one be able to emotionally distance from unhealthy
people, and to be able to recognize and end unhealthy relationships.
To reduce response bias, approximately half of the questions were
written so that high resiliency would be indicated if the person
agreed with the question and half the questions were reverse
coded so that if the person disagreed with the question it would
indicate high resiliency. The R.A.S is currently available in three versions: adult, adolescent, and child. Data is currently being collected for scale validation. Take the Adult R.A.S online!
For more information on the R.A.S. e-mail
Belinda Biscoe, Ph.D and Betty Harris, M.A.