The Child and Youth Resilience Measure and Adult Resilience Measure are measures of social-ecological resilience that have taken various forms since their initial development. After reviewing studies that have used the measures and further investigation of their psychometric properties, we now currently recommend the CYRM-R and ARM-R. These are revised versions of the measures and are suitable for children aged 5-9, youth aged 10-23, and adults aged 18 or older (depending on the focus of a study, young adults ages 18-23 can be administered either the CYRM-R or the ARM-R).

These revised versions of the measures typically consist of 17-items and can be scored on 3- or 5-point Likert scales. The items in the measures are all positively worded and therefore scoring involves simple summing of responses.

Validation of the CYRM/ARM

In the table below we share some of the studies that have validated the measures. Please see the user’s manual for further information on the validity and reliability of the measures.

Authors (Year) Measure Location Sample Validation
Jefferies, P., McGarrigle, L., & Ungar, M. (2018) CYRM-R Canada 689 Rasch validated
α = .82
Daigneault, I., Dion, J., Hébert, M., McDuff, P., & Collin-Vézina, D. (2013) CYRM-28 (French) Canada

Study 1: 689

Study 2: 246

Study 1: α = .88

Study 2: α = .87

Liebenberg, L., Ungar, M., & Van de Vijver, F. (2012) CYRM-28 (English) Canada T1=497; T2=410 α = .65 to .91
Liebenberg, L., Ungar, M., & LeBlanc, J. C. (2013) CYRM-12 (English) Canada 1,616 α = .84
Sanders, J., Munford, R., Thimasarn-Anwar, T., & Liebenberg, L (2015) CYRM-28 (English) New Zealand 593 α = .66 to .81
Mu, G.M., Hu, Y. (2016) CYRM-12 (Chinese) China 437 α = .92
Liebenberg, L., & Moore, J.C. (2016) ARM-28 (English) Ireland 105 α = .80 to .95

If you would like to share your validation study with us, please get in touch.


Many users have translated the measures for use in different contexts. We offer those versions on our download page for you to reference. They are currently available in the following languages:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Farsi
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Lugandan
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Setswana/Tswana
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Colombia)
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

These translations have been created by researchers who have worked with the RRC. However, each translation was done independently and, therefore, we cannot guarantee their accuracy.

If you would like to create your own translation, no special authorisation is required. We just ask that you share your translation with us so we can share it with others. We recommend a translation and back translation process to enhance the validity of the translated measure (see guides by Brislin (1970) and van Ommeren and colleagues (1999)).

About Resilience

The Child and Youth Resilience Measure and the Adult Resilience Measure were developed from the perspective that resilience is a social-ecological construct.

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, founder and Director of the RRC, has suggested that resilience is better understood as follows:

“In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.”

This definition shifts our understanding of resilience from an individual concept, popular with western-trained researchers and human services providers, to a more relational understanding of well-being embedded in a social-ecological framework. Understood this way, resilience requires individuals to have the capacity to find resources that bolster well-being, while also emphasizing that it is up to families, communities, and governments to provide these resources in ways individuals value. In this sense, resilience is the result of both successful navigation to resources and negotiation for resources to be provided in meaningful ways.

You can read more about resilience from this perspective in the following: