The development and psychometric evaluation of the Brief Resilient Coping Scale.

Sinclair VG, Wallston KA
Assessment. 2004 11 (1): 94-101

PMID: 14994958 · DOI:10.1177/1073191103258144

This article introduces the Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS), a 4-item measure designed to capture tendencies to cope with stress in a highly adaptive manner. Two samples of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (ns = 90 and 140) provide evidence for the reliability and validity of the BRCS. The BRCS has adequate internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Convergent validity of the scale is demonstrated by predictable correlations with measures of personal coping resources (e.g., optimism, helplessness, self-efficacy), pain coping behaviors, and psychological well-being. Resilient coping, as assessed by the BRCS, also buffers the effects of high levels of arthritis-related and non-arthritis-related stressors on depressive symptoms. The sensitivity of the BRCS to changes associated with a cognitive-behavioral intervention is also demonstrated. The BCRS may be useful for identifying individuals in need of interventions designed to enhance resilient coping skills.

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Adaptation, Psychological Adult Arthritis, Rheumatoid Female Humans Male Mental Health Middle Aged Pain Principal Component Analysis Psychometrics Self-Assessment Stress, Psychological

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