The Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) was established through a process of interviews with youth and adults in countries around the world. Reflection on what obstacles youth confront, as well as possible resources called upon to navigate through and/or around these obstacles, resulted in the original 58-item version of the CYRM. We piloted the instrument with 1451 youth from 14 communities in 11 countries. This allowed us to reduce the instrument to a 28-item version (26-item for the child version) and further to a 12-item version. Information on the measure’s emerging reliability and validity is contained in a number of publications. There are currently three versions of the CYRM-28:
Designed for ages five through nine years old.
Designed for ages ten through 23 years old.
Designed for ages 24 and over.
Most commonly, the term resilience has come to mean an individual's ability to overcome adversity and continue his or her normal development. However, the RRC uses a more ecological and culturally sensitive definition. Dr. Michael Ungar, Director of the RRC, has suggested that resilience is better understood as follows:
The CYRM tools are available for free for researchers, academics and front-line staff to use. We ask that you fill out a short survey so we know how the tool is being used. Once you fill out this survey, you will gain access to the password protected tool.