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American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 52, Issue 3–4, pp 313–323 | Cite as

Conjoint Community Resiliency Assessment Measure-28/10 Items (CCRAM28 and CCRAM10): A Self-report Tool for Assessing Community Resilience

  • Dmitry Leykin
  • Mooli LahadEmail author
  • Odeya Cohen
  • Avishay Goldberg
  • Limor Aharonson-DanielEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Community resilience is used to describe a community’s ability to deal with crises or disruptions. The Conjoint Community Resiliency Assessment Measure (CCRAM) was developed in order to attain an integrated, multidimensional instrument for the measurement of community resiliency. The tool was developed using an inductive, exploratory, sequential mixed methods design. The objective of the present study was to portray and evaluate the CCRAM’s psychometric features. A large community sample (N = 1,052) were assessed by the CCRAM tool, and the data was subjected to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. A Five factor model (21 items) was obtained, explaining 67.67 % of the variance. This scale was later reduced to 10-item brief instrument. Both scales showed good internal consistency coefficients (α = .92 and α = .85 respectively), and acceptable fit indices to the data. Seven additional items correspond to information requested by leaders, forming the CCRAM28. The CCRAM has been shown to be an acceptable practical tool for assessing community resilience. Both internal and external validity have been demonstrated, as all factors obtained in the factor analytical process, were tightly linked to previous literature on community resilience. The CCRAM facilitates the estimation of an overall community resiliency score but furthermore, it detects the strength of five important constructs of community function following disaster: Leadership, Collective Efficacy, Preparedness, Place Attachment and Social Trust. Consequently, the CCRAM can serve as an aid for community leaders to assess, monitor, and focus actions to enhance and restore community resilience for crisis situations.

Keywords

Community resilience Emergency preparedness CCRAM 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Ms. Betty Ben-Zaken of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the research assistants from the Department of Psychology and the School Of Social Work, Tel-Hai College, for their contribution to data collection. The CCRAM was developed through the group work of the Conjoint Community Resiliency Assessment Collaboration (CCRAC), a group of researchers which includes the authors of this manuscript and: Adini B, Billig M, Braun-Lewinson O, Canneti D, Feder-Bubis P, Israeli A, Kimhi S, Lissitsa S, Sender A, Peres Y, Rappaport C, Sagy S, Shamai M. We would like to thank them all.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTel-Hai CollegeGalile-ElyonIsrael
  2. 2.The Community Stress Prevention Centre (CSPC)Kiryat-ShmonaIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Recanati School for Community Health ProfessionsBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.PREPARED Center for Emergency Response ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  5. 5.Department of Health Systems Management, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of ManagementBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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