The Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM-R) and the Adult Resilience Measure (ARM-R) are self-report measures of social-ecological resilience and are used by researchers and practitioners worldwide. The original measures were established through a process of interviews with youth and their caregivers in countries around the world. Reflection on the obstacles youth confront, as well as possible resources called upon to navigate through and/or around these obstacles, resulted in the original version of the CYRM, which we piloted with 1,451 youth from 14 communities in 11 countries. The measure has been adapted into versions suitable for younger children (aged 5-9 years) and for adults (the Adult Resilience Measure), and persons that know the target individual (a Person Most Knowledgeable).
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 Resilience Research Centre 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.”
The CYRM/ARM 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 measures.