Children's Mental Health & Psychological Wellbeing - Resilience

Resilience is not simply putting up with life’s adversities, or being able to cope with them – it is the capacity to get up after being pushed over and to tolerate great challenges without breaking down under the strain they impose.

Although school life can be challenging for vulnerable pupils, with the right tools, it can also provide a wide range of opportunities to boost resilience, such as acting as a secure base, helping to developing self-esteem and self-efficacy, and providing constructive contact with peers and supportive adults.

This book contains six questionnaires that help identify areas where a child may need additional support.

Measure Topic Type Administration Potential Age Range
The Children’s Attributional Style Questionnaire – Revised Attributions for positive and negative experiences
(learned helplessness)
24-item self-report questionnaire Individual or group  9-12 years 
The Children’s Hope Scale  (Questions about your Goals)  Hopefulness / dispositional hope   6-item self-report questionnaire  Individual  7-14 years 
Kidcope  Cognitive and behavioural coping strategies  15-item self-report questionnaire  Individual or group  7-12 years 
    10-item self-report questionnaire Individual or group 13-18 years
The Locus of Control Scale for Children Control of personal outcomes in life: external versus internal perceptions 40-item self-report questionnaire Individual or group 9-18 years
The Self-Report Coping Scale Coping strategies: seeking social support; problem solving; distancing; internalising; externalising 34-item self-report questionnaire Individual or group 9-12 years
The Coping Efficacy Scale Belief in ability to handle challenging situations 7-item self-report questionnaire Individual 9-12 years