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Measuring Resilience in Children

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We begin this chapter with the recognition that concepts and their defining constructs in clinical psychology must contain certain characteristics in order to be subjected to experimental testing and applied to benefit our constituency. The study of any topic, in this case resilience, requires that we define the construct, devise a way to measure it, and demonstrate if, how, when, and where it can be useful. Constructs have to be sufficiently defined so as to be operationalized in a way that is reliable across time, subjects, and researchers. Once a concept is operationalized in a reliable manner, then its validity can be examined. Finally, when we have sufficiently operationalized a concept and there is evidence that it can be measured in a reliable and valid way, then application in clinical and educational settings is reasonable.


  • Protective Factor
  • True Score
  • Daily Hassle
  • Major Life Event
  • Psychometric Quality

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Naglieri, J.A., LeBuffe, P.A. (2005). Measuring Resilience in Children. In: Goldstein, S., Brooks, R.B. (eds) Handbook of Resilience in Children. Springer, Boston, MA.

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