Resilience Questionnaire Results

Dear Participant:

The assessment guide is scored in two ways.  The first is a numerical indicator.  Each category has a maximum of 5 points., resulting in a possible total of 65 points.  If you scored between 52 and 65 you are in the upper range of resilience.   Between 39 and 52 you are in the middle range, and between 26 and 39, the lower range of resilience.

The second way of scoring is by finding and evaluating patterns in your life areas.   Notice which categories had the lowest scores and which had the highest.   The questionnaire is designed to help guide you in increasing your awareness of your own functioning in key areas of your life.   Following, is an explanation of each category:

1. STRESS: Sources of stress are many. Losses, such as death or divorce, life cycle changes and even promotions can be stressful. One’s social environment or neighborhood may also be stressful. The gap between what we expect of ourselves and our ability to meet these expectations can be a major source of emotional and physical strain. The resulting tension can undermine our resilience and self esteem.

2. EXPECTATIONS, HOPES AND GOALS: This category asks you to be aware of what is expected of you and what you expect of yourself.  Our expectations often come from our parents, our culture and society’s standards of what’s acceptable.  Strong expectations, without the support we need to meet them, can create feelings of failure and emotional distress.   Realistic expectations can help us realize our potential.

3. OPPORTUNITY: Whether it is for health, financial, social or other reasons, some people feel they can never get what they want.  When people feel their opportunities are blocked, they often give up trying or turn to anti-social routes, drug involvement, delinquency or the development of other social problems, as a way to feel successful.

4. PHYSICAL HEALTH: Do you feel that you are physically limited due to organic problems, such as head injury or genetic inheritance?  (Such as genetic predisposition to alcoholism)  Do you feel that your physical health would limit your opportunity to change areas of your life?  Are there steps you could take to ensure the best possible health:  exercise, diet, etc.?

5. SUPPORTS: At times, we all need help.  To what extent do you perceive that there are people you could call on for support, whether it’s a “helping hand,” just listening or being there in a special way?   Is there one person, who you look up to and respect, who has faith in you and believes in you?

6.COMMUNICATION SKILLS: This includes the ability to listen and empathize with others.  It also means that you can express your own feelings, be assertive and negotiate with people in authority, friends, family and/or strangers.

7. BELONGING: To perceive that you have a sense of belonging means that you feel part of a larger whole.   You are not alone.  There is a feeling of attacfhment to others.  There is a sense that life has meaning and purpose.  You contribute to the group and you are valued as a member of the group.  This could be a family, an interest group, a church or synagogue, etc.

8. RESPONSIBILITY:  To what extent do you see yourself as able to handle responsibility?   If you do, are you also able to be flexible and adapt to the needs of others?  Do you respect limits, such as driving laws, and accept consequences such as paying tickets on time?

9. JUDGMENTThis category asks you to consider your ability to judge a situation and make a decision.  Some people make decisions easily, others agonize over opposing choices.  Do you have a good sense of what is right and wrong,  moral/ethical, fair/unfair, appropriate or inappropriate?

10 SELF DISCIPLINE Many people have difficulty motivating themselves.  They tend to procrastinate or leave things unfinished.  Some will only do things when coerced or cajoled by others.  Another aspect of self disciple is how well one is able to tolerate the frustration of prolonging immediate gratification, such as resisting addictive behaviors.

11.  COMPETENCE: How capable do you feel?  Can you rely on yourself to solve problems and cope with difficult situations?  Competency often includes the ability to “see outside the box” to be able to try new approaches in successfully achieving goals.

12.  PERSONAL POWER:   By personal power is meant the belief that you have control over your own life and destiny.  It also suggests that you know you have an effect on others and can shape situations.  There’s a perception that you matter and a feeling of importance.  Some people can feel more powerful than they are, others may have more of an effect on others than they realize.

13.  CREATIVITY: Creativity is a large factor in resilience.  It may be a particular area of creativity such as music, art or writing.  If you are a creative person and are not using your creativity this could foster depression and dissatisfaction with life.

This category also involves one’s ability to have fun, to play, laugh.  Sometimes a trying situation can be made easier with a sense of humor and a bit of imagination.  The alchemists of the 16th Century said “Imagination is the star in man.”  They believed that true imagination could lead to new areas of insight, growth and promise.

Gregory Bateson, one of the founders of Family Therapy said “Play is the only really dignified activity adults ever engage in.”

If you would like a consultation on this questionnaire, the results or areas that need strengthening, please call or email:    Arlene Kahn at or call:                       (609) 799-2201.Thank you for your participation.   I would be interested in any of your comments or suggestions.

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