Using the brief resilience scale to assess Chinese people’s ability to bounce back from stress

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationSAGE Open
Issue number4
Online published9 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014



This study examined the utility of an adapted version of the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) to measure Chinese undergraduates’ ability to bounce back from stress. The BRS together with measures tapping optimism, self-esteem, pessimism, and physical health were administered to 547 Hong Kong and 268 mainland Chinese undergraduates. The BRS was found to measure one single construct and exhibited convergent validity in both samples. Further analyses using a path analytic model showed that the BRS scores substantially mediated the link between the two positive traits (optimism and self-esteem) and physical health in the two samples. The results suggested that the BRS is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring Chinese undergraduates’ ability to bounce back from stress. The implications for further research related to resilience in Chinese people are discussed.

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  • Brief resilience scale, Chinese undergraduates, Health, Resilience

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