Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS)

Citation: Sinclair, V. G., & Wallston, K. A. (2004). The development and psychometric evaluation of the Brief Resilient Coping Scale. Assessment, 11(1), 94-101.

PMID or DOI: PMID: 14994958, DOI: 10.1177/1073191103258144

Main positive psychological well-being construct measured: Resilience

Sub-constructs measured: N/A

Available subscales: N/A

Description: The Brief Resilient Coping Scale captures tendencies to cope with stress adaptively. The scale focuses on the tendency to effectively use coping strategies in flexible, committed ways to actively solve problems despite stressful circumstances.

Number of items: 4

Example statement/item: “I look for creative ways to alter difficult situations” 

Response options: 5-point scale response, ranging from 1=does not describe me at all to 5=describes me very well

Total score: Total sum scores range from 4 to 20. Scores of 4-13 indicate low resilient coping, 14-16 indicate medium resilient coping and 17-20 indicate high resilient coping.

Examples of studies that link to health outcomes:

Ruiz-Robledillo, N., De Andrés-García, S., Pérez-Blasco, J., González-Bono, E., & Moya-Albiol, L. (2014). Highly resilient coping entails better perceived health, high social support and low morning cortisol levels in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(3), 686-695.