Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS)

Citation: Mackrain, M. (2007). Devereux adult resilience survey. Villanova, PA: The Devereux Foundation.

PMID or DOI: none.

Main positive psychological well-being construct measured: Protective factors

Sub-constructs measured: Relationships, internal beliefs, initiative, and self-control

Available subscales: N/A

Description: The Devereux Adult Resilience Survey was designed to support teachers in assessing individual strengths and personal resources that may enhance coping with adversity and stressors. Specific domains are related to relationships (mutual bonds with other people), internal beliefs (feelings and thoughts about oneself, one’s life, and self-efficacy), initiative (ability to make positive choices and decision and act upon them), and self-control (ability to experience a range of feelings and appropriately express or respond to them).

Number of items: 23

Example statement/item: “I have good friends who support me” 

Response options: Yes, sometimes, or not yet

Total score: No total scores are derived; the measure is intended to be used as a reflection tool in conjunction with a resilience journal.