Psychological trait resilience within ecological systems theory: The Resilient Systems Scales

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  • College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, Unversity of Leicester
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Leicester


The current project describes the development of the Resilient Systems Scales to address conceptual and methodological ambiguities in assessing the ecological systems model of resilience. Across a number of samples (total n = 986), our findings suggest that the Resilient Systems Scales show equivalence to a previously reported assessment (Maltby, Day, & Hall, 2015) in demonstrating the same factor structure, adequate intra-correlation between the two measures of resilience, and equivalent associations with personality and well-being. The findings also suggest that the Resilient Systems Scales demonstrate adequate test re-test reliability, compare well with other extant measure of resilience in predicting well-being, and map, to varying degrees, onto positive expression of several cognitive, social, and emotional traits. The findings suggest that the new measure can be used alongside existing measures of resilience, or singly, to assess positive life outcomes within psychology research.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2017