Assessing the Ability to Bounce Back from Stress in Chinese : Adaptation and Validation of the Brief Resilience Scale

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2012

Conference

TitleAnnual Conference of the Hong Kong Psychological Society 2012: The Development of Psychology in Hong Kong: Past, Present, and Future
PlaceChina
Period16 June 2012

Abstract

This study examined the utility of an adapted version of the BRS to measure resilience in Chinese undergraduates from Hong Kong and China. The BRS together with measures tapping optimism, self-esteem, hopelessness, and physical health were administered to 547 Hong Kong and 268 mainland Chinese undergraduates. Results of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis showed that items of the BRS loaded on one single factor in both samples. Scores of the BRS were significantly correlated with that of optimism, self-esteem, hopelessness, and physical health in the predicted direction. Results of multiple regression analyses indicated that the BRS was able to explain additional variance in physical health after the effects of resilience-conferring qualities, optimism and self-esteem, had been taken into account. Moreover, using path analysis, BRS scores were shown to substantially mediate the link between the two resilience qualities and physical health in both samples, which provide additional support to the claim that the BRS measures the ability to bounce back. This pattern of results suggests that the BRS is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring the ability to bounce back or resilience in Chinese undergraduates. Implications for further research on resilience with the Chinese people were discussed.

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Assessing the Ability to Bounce Back from Stress in Chinese : Adaptation and Validation of the Brief Resilience Scale. / LAI, Chuk Ling; YUE, Xiaodong.

2012. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Psychological Society 2012: The Development of Psychology in Hong Kong: Past, Present, and Future, China.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review