Resilience Skills

Resilience as a skill that is developed from a learning process rather than as an inherent a trait


Resilience has been conceptualized in many ways. What is broadly similar across the definitions is that they contain two parts: (a) the specification of a risk or a challenge to which an individual is subject and (b) a positive outcome that follows from exposure to this adversity (Alvord and Grados, 2005). Resilience in the LSCE Framework is defined as “the constructive, personal ability, to navigate changing circumstances successfully” (UNICEF and partners, 2017).

How does Resilience Skills help?

Resilience has been associated with a broad range of life outcomes

Enhanced Psychosocial Functioning

Concerning employability outcomes, correlation studies on corporate employees and healthcare workers have shown that increased resilience is associated with enhanced psychosocial functioning and improved productivity in the workplace (Robertson et. al., 2015).

Help Build Management Skills

Evidence also suggests that resilience can help build management skills and help employees deal with organizational change (Grant and others, 2009).

Academic Success

Resilience also has been associated with academic success within correlation-based research. De Boca (2010) and Rodríguez-Fernández and others,. (2018) found a positive relationship between increased resilience and higher academic performance.

Increase Retention in School

Moreover, Catterall (1998) and Hartley (2010) confirmed a negative association between resilience and school dropout rates.

Better Mental Health

Concerning wider social outcomes, resilience also has been found to be associated with better mental health including less stress, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse (Daining, 2007).


A recent empirical study found that one reason that resilience is associated with better educational outcomes is that it increases wellbeing, and well-being enhances academic success (Rodríguez-Fernández and others, 2018).

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What does the Resilience Skills Test Assess?

1. Brief Resilience Scale (BRS)

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.


Smith, B.W., Dalen, J., Wiggins, K., Tooley, E., Christopher, P. and Bernard, J. (2008). The Brief Resilience Scale: Assessing the Ability to Bounce Back. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine , 15, 194-200.

Is it possible to learn the Resilience Skills?

Resilience training is becoming increasingly popular in corporate and university settings. However, interventions to improve resilience skills and support health, educational, and other positive outcomes in children, their families, and communities tend to focus more on the development of protective assets and resources and less on the amelioration of risk factors (Fergus and Zimmerman, 2005; Yates and others, 2003). The LSCE Framework goes further to position resilience as a skill that is developed from a learning process rather than as an inherent a trait".