Resilience Quiz

Resilience is the capacity to positively adjust to difficult life experiences and is particularly essential in midlife when we may be adapting to major life changes. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab conducted a study that looked at transitions that people in their 40s, 50s and 60s experience and how they remain resilient. The study included a Resilience in Midlife Scale* and an abbreviated version is below. Take this quiz for general information about your resilience and see how you compare to those in the study.

Please indicate your degree of agreement with the following statements using the following scale where 0 indicates strongly disagree, 1 somewhat disagree, 2 neither disagree nor agree, 3 somewhat agree and 4 strongly agree.

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
1. I am confident that I can deal with whatever comes my way.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
2. I believe that I can achieve my goals if I work at them.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
3. I always have someone to help me if I need it.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
4. I feel that I can rely on family in tough times (such as separation/divorce).
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
5. I am easily discouraged by failure.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
6. I do not cope well with stress.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
7. I view change as a challenge.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
8. I love challenges and always see them through to the end.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
9. I happily accept the changes occurring to my body due to age.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
10. When I make plans I do not always follow through with them.
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
11. Age (Optional)
12. Gender (Optional)

 

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Please note that this quiz and the information provided is general in nature and intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive source or to relate to a particular person their resilience or well-being. Readers are advised to consult with appropriate professionals to assist them in understanding their individual situation and needs.

* The Resilience in Mid-Life Study was conducted by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab. Twelve focus groups with a total of 119 participants, who are adults ages 40-69 were held in January 2014. Lieberman Research conducted an online survey of 1,519 adults age 40-69, for The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. The survey was fielded between March 28 and April 7, 2014. Included in the survey was the 25-question Resilience in Midlife (RIM) scale, developed by Linda Ryan and Marie L. Caltabiano, as reported in the article, Development of a New Resilience Scale: The Resilience in Midlife Scale (RIM Scale), Asian Social Science, Vol. 5, No. 11, November 2009. The 10 items in this quiz are from the RIM scale.

You Scored:

xx/40

The average score of men in their 40s in our research was a 25 out of 40

The average score of women in their 40s in our research was a 24 out of 40

The average score of men in their 50s in our research was a 25 out of 40

The average score of women in their 50s in our research was a 25 out of 40

The average score of men in their 60s in our research was a 26 out of 40

The average score of women in their 60s in our research was a 26 out of 40

The average score in our research was a 25 out of 40.

To learn more about boosting resilience, check out these tips.

Please note that this quiz and the information provided is general in nature and intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive source or to relate to a particular person their resilience or well-being. Readers are advised to consult with appropriate professionals to assist them in understanding their individual situation and needs.

* The Resilience in Mid-Life Study was conducted by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and the MIT AgeLab. Twelve focus groups with a total of 119 participants, who are adults ages 40-69 were held in January 2014. Lieberman Research conducted an online survey of 1,519 adults age 40-69, for The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. The survey was fielded between March 28 and April 7, 2014. Included in the survey was the 25-question Resilience in Midlife (RIM) scale, developed by Linda Ryan and Marie L. Caltabiano, as reported in the article, Development of a New Resilience Scale: The Resilience in Midlife Scale (RIM Scale), Asian Social Science, Vol. 5, No. 11, November 2009. The 10 items in this quiz are from the RIM scale.
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