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Psychometric Evaluation of the Dutch Brief Resilience Scale (BRS-NL): A Correlational Survey Design

Zimmermann, S.K. (2016) Psychometric Evaluation of the Dutch Brief Resilience Scale (BRS-NL): A Correlational Survey Design.

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Abstract:Background: Resilience has a great influence on all people’s lives and also plays an important role for the working environment. Permanent work absenteeism can be avoided by intervening as early as possible. For this purpose a practical efficient screening instrument which measures resilience is needed. There is a special demand for a validated screening instrument in the Netherlands, since such an instrument does not exist yet. Therefore the aim of this study was to carry out a psychometric evaluation of the BRS-NL, the Dutch version of the Brief Resilience Scale. Methods: A correlational survey design was used. Employees from a Dutch concern (N = 107; 10% female and 90% male) voluntarily participated in this study. To investigate the psychometric properties of the BRS-NL, the factor structure, reliability, concurrent validity and construct validity of the BRS-NL were explored. For estimating the validity of the scale, correlations between potentially related constructs and resilience were analyzed with the aid of Pearson Correlation analyses. Results: The BRS-NL is a screening instrument with an acceptable reliability, especially concerning the internal consistency of the scale (Cronbach’s α .74). However, the current results of the study rather question the validity of the scale. Both, the concurrent validity and the construct validity could not fully be established within this study. Conclusion: Altogether, the analysis of the psychometric properties of the BRS-NL is not finished yet. Before this scale can be used in practice, some adaptations should be done and the psychometric characteristics must be analyzed more extensively.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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