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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
A Validation Study of the Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ) scale with a French-Canadian Sample

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Abstract #302
A Validation Study of the Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ) scale with a French-Canadian Sample
Presenter: Martine Hébert Co - Presenters:  Nathalie Parent, Caroline Simard, Odin Hjemdal
Resilience is a phenomenon reflecting positive adaptation despite the presence developmental threats such as adversity and trauma (Masten, 2001). It is particularly important for adolescents, thriving with developmental tasks of role and identity definition, who may be confronted with significant challenges and adverse life events. Although psychometrically sound measures are essential for theory development and clinical practice, measures of resilience in adolescence are scant. The Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ) is a 28-item scale, declined in five dimensions: personal competence, social competence, structured style, family cohesion, and social resources (Hjemdal, Friborg, Stiles, Martinussen & Rosenvinge, 2006). The READ is a valid, reliable and practical instrument for resilience and risk prevention research. The present study aims at exploring the psychometric properties of the French Canadian version of the READ with a sample of 587 adolescents. The analysis of the psychometric properties of the translated scale includes exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, internal consistency and convergent validity. Confirmatory factor analysis supports the five-factor structure of the scale. Internal consistency score are found to be satisfactory, ranging from .69 (Structured style) to .92 (Family cohesion). Convergent validity of score from the READ is established by significant relationships with score from life satisfaction and self-esteem scales.


Martine Hébert

Martine Hébert (Ph.D. in psychology) is professor at the sexology department of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She has training in child development and child clinical psychology as well as a strong background in psychometry. In the past 25 years, her research interests have focused on the consequences associated with interpersonal trauma. She has published research papers documenting the diversity of... Read More →


Odin Hjemdal

Odin Hjemdal, professor of clinical adult psychology and quantitative methods and statistics, and a clinical psychologist at Department of Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. His research is related to resilience among adults and adolescents, and particularly measuring protective factors. Developing research based direct measures of protective factors that captures essential protective resources is... Read More →

Nathalie Parent

Psychologist - National University of Colombia | Master of Mental Health - University of Antioquia | Investigator and professor of the research line on resilience and positive development of the National School of Public Health at the University of Antioquia, coordinator of the observatory for the youth of the city of Medellin

Caroline Simard

Caroline Simard, M.A. is a doctoral student in measurement and assessment in the Faculty of educational sciences, Université Laval, Canada. Her thesis aims at investigating the models of resilience and the salient constructs for the explanation of the phenomenon. Relying on a meta-analytic synthesis as well as data collection with a sample of university students, her thesis will contribute to theory development on the construct of... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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