Undergraduate Honors Theses

Date of Award

4-6-2017

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Resiliency has been examined in past research using a scale for children and adolescents, called the Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (RSCA; Prince-Embury, 2006, 2007). This scale is based on a three-factor model for resiliency that includes Sense of Mastery, Sense of Relatedness, and Emotional Reactivity (Prince-Embury, 2006, 2007). The RSCA has recently been revised for young adults, by developing the Resiliency Scale for Young Adults (RSYA). The RSYA is a 50-item self-report measure, with each item rated on a scale from 0 = Never; to 4 = Almost always. The current study is a replication of a study by Prince-Embury et al. (2016) that presented psychometric support for the RSYA. A sample of first year undergraduate students at Western University (similar to the sample collected in the 2016 study), were administered the online RSYA at two time points during the Fall 2016 semester. The current study examines the internal consistency and the test-retest reliability of this measure, as well as replicating various analyses completed in the 2016 study. The results supported the internal consistency and also the test-retest reliability of the RSYA, which also showed negative relationships with stress, anxiety, depression and a positive relationship with life satisfaction. This scale holds promise for further studies of resiliency in young adults.

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