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What is Resilience?

Resilience is the process of continual development of personal competence while navigating and negotiating with available resources in the face of adversity.
- Lyn Worsley, 2010

Why is Resilience important?

People who have happy and fulfilling lives have positive life skills that help them grow through life’s inevitable challenges, rather than being damaged by them.

How do we build resilience?

The process of building resilience is through

  • Negotiating with our available resources
  • Developing our personal competence, and
  • Facing adversity.

In Schools the Resilience Doughnut encourages staff to use existing strong relationships around each child.

With parents, the Resilience Doughnut encourages parents to focus on the interaction of their child’s strengths.

Why Measure Resilience?

  • To enable students to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and learning about self
  • To promote self discipline / self control
  • To enable students to know what resources they have to build competence to face adversity

What is the Resilience Report?

The Resilience Report provides a snapshot of the specific resilience characteristics of young people and provides avenues for intervention and on going support.

The Resilience Report uses the Resilience Doughnut interactive tool and two validated measures to assist each person to take a snapshot of their own resilience.

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Resilience Report (PDF, 1.8MB)

Each snapshot will help individuals identify these key elements:

Resources

Resilience Doughnut

Assess the strengths of their available resources.

(Developed by Lyn Worsley, 2006)
Resilience Doughnut for Adults

Assess the strengths of their available resources.

(Developed by Lyn Worsley, 2011)

Competence

Resilience Scales for Adolescents

Measure their competence.

(Developed by Odin Hjemdal & Oddgeir Friborg, 2010)
Resilience Scales for Adults

Measure their competence.

(Developed by Odin Hjemdal & Oddgeir Friborg, 2010)

Adversities

Strength & Difficulties questionnaire

Track the effect of the adversities in their lives.

(Developed by Robert Goodman 2005)

What does the research say?

The Resilience Doughnut Model

A model showing the interaction of external resources that build individual resilience

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Resilience as a Predictor of Depressive Symptoms

A Correlational Study with Young Adolescents

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Measuring Protective Factors

The Development of Two Resilience Scales in Norway

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Resilience Scale for Adolescents

A Validation Study of the Resilience Scale for Adolescents (READ)

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Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

Using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to screen for child psychiatric disorders in a community sample.

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What is a ‘snapshot’?

A ‘snapshot’ is a measure of resilience.

When an individual has taken at least one snapshot they can then view their Resilience Report.

Resilience will change over time.

By taking multiple snapshots over regular intervals a Resilience Report will be more accurate, and more useful.

Take a snapshot when really well to see which strong factors are present when coping well.

Take a snapshot when not coping to see which factors need to be combined to booster resilience.

Is my snapshot private?

All aspects of the study, including results, will be strictly confidential and only the researchers will have access to information on participants. Names will be deleted and codes will be used to identify students for statistical analysis. A report of the study may be submitted for publication, but individual participants, or school characteristics will not be identified in such a report.

How is a snapshot taken?

Complete an online Resilience Doughnut as well as two questionnaires to take a snapshot of an individual’s resilience

The process of taking a snapshot is broken into three steps: Resources, Adversities and Competence.

Step one

Step one uses the Resilience Doughnut strengths measure. There are 7 strength factors with 10 statements in each. The participant must answer how strongly each statement is true in describing themselves. Each factor also prompts an addional written response.

Step two & three

Steps two and three are our survey questions. The participant is shown a series of questions and statements, as they answer they can see their progress in the green bar.

Once all three are completed the snapshot is complete, and the user can view their Resilience Report.

The Report

View scores and results.

The Resilience Report provides a measure of an individual’s competence and adversities, or in other words, what they have going for them and what is working against them.

Each question in our surveys relates to a specific assessment. The report shows the scores resulting from those surveys broken down into each element.

The Competence and Adversities columns highlight potential difficulties the individual may have, and the Resources column shows the strengths available to them.

Problems are highlighted at a glance.

The report holds a great deal of information and we have added in simple markers to highlight any element that requires attention. These assessments are made using a scoring scale provided by our validated measures. The red and yellow markers in the graph, and in the first column on each snapshot, highlight and allow you to track problem areas.

See changes over time.

The report works best when there are multiple snapshots taken over regular intervals. The ideal amount of time between each snapshot will vary for each individual but as a starting point we suggest once every 6 months.

Strength comments.

Once ‘The Resilience Doughnut’ has determined the top three strength factors, we provide an opportunity for the individual to enter some text. We ask them what is good about that factor, why they think it is strong and what they could do to make it even stronger.

These comments has proven to be acutely valuable, acting as a resilience diary for the individual, and giving group managers specific and unique information.

Managing a group of people.

For use with schools and organizations

The Resilience Report enables your students or clients to score their own Resilience. Each student can log in to the website and access their own reports. They can return at any time to get a snapshot of their resilience or access their Resilience Report.

For use with group practices

The Resilience Report enables immediate feedback of the effectiveness of group programs, individual interventions and the effect of trauma and mental health on a persons resilience.

Access to a Group Resilience Report

The Resilience Report can give a group, class, year and/or school overview of each student’s resilience, highlighting any difficulties experienced so early intervention can be implemented using the Resilience Doughnut factors. An annual license is needed in order to access a whole school report, along with parental permission for selected teachers to access the student data.

The report can be on an individual, class, year, or whole school basis and alerts welfare and executive staff to students emotional, social, behavioural, and attention difficulties as well as their strengths in the Resilience Doughnut.

This valuable report is easy to use and presented with a one-page overview of the students allowing more detail to be accessed when highlighted. The report allows staff to identify the students quickly that will benefit the most from early intervention using a strengths approach. Furthermore, repeated use of the Resilience Report highlights the effectiveness of the interventions used to build student resilience, and can be used to justify the use of such interventions.

It is recommended that selected school staff be trained in the use of the Resilience Doughnut to enable the effective interventions in building each individual student’s resilience during transitions and times of stress. www.theresiliencedoughnut.com.au

Account types & Sign up

Resilience Report Personal Account

$6.60

Per user / 6 Years
This account is for

Individuals who want to measure their own resilience.

  • Measure your resilience with our 'Snapshot' tool.
  • View your Resilience Report.
  • 6 year subscription.

An individual student registering with the program in Year 7 can continue to access the Resilience Report throughout their six years of high school.

Group Manager Basic

$275.00

Per manager / 1 Year
This account is for

Psychologists and welfare staff who work with small groups of people.

  • Access to Group Manager.
  • Create new Resilience Report Accounts for your group members.
  • View the Resilience Report of any group member.
  • Group Manager account subscription.
  • Group Reporting & Statistics package

Each of your group members will require a Resilience Report account. Accounts can be purchased from the Group Manager page.

Group Manager Premium

$1,100.00

Per manager / 1 Year
This account is for

Teachers, executive and welfare staff who need a Group Report for all grades / students.

  • Access to Group Manager.
  • Create new Resilience Report Accounts for your group members.
  • View the Resilience Report of any group member.
  • Group Manager account subscription.
  • Group Reporting & Statistics package

Each of your group members / students will require a Resilience Report account. Accounts can be purchased from the Group Manager page.

The yearly license allows teachers and welfare staff ongoing access to a Resilience report over the 6 years. A whole school Resilience report has the benefit of allowing students to score their Resilience Doughnut again, thus monitoring how they are developing and noting any changes that may impact on their resilience. Any upgrades to the tool are also included automatically with the license fee.

NOTE: All prices include GST.
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Contact our team

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Research Articles

Research Participation Consent Form

This form is for schools to confirm consent of Parents/Guardians

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Adult Information Statement for the Research Project

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Resilience Program in an organisational setting

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Parent/Guardian Information Statement

Research Project

The Resilience Doughnut; An educational model promoting resilience in adolescence.

The study examines the effectiveness of using a program based on the Resilience Doughnut model to promote resilience in young people. Lyn Worsley, who is the author of the resilience model and has trained teachers and counsellors in schools to use the model in their teaching programs, is conducting this study.

This study involves students completing two questionnaires prior to the delivery of educational program aimed at raising resilience. The questionnaires will be administered on line and teachers in your child’s school will conduct the educational programs. The time taken will be 30 minutes of questionnaires 2-4 times during the year.

The questionnaires consist of a Resilience Doughnut tool, a strength and difficulties scale and a resilience scale. The resilience scale has statements such as “I have self discipline” “my life has meaning” with a 7-point likert scale and the strength and difficulties scale has items such as “I usually share with others” “I have many fears and am easily scared” with a 3-point likert scale. The Resilience doughnut tool consists of students responding to positive statements about their family, friends, teachers and personal strengths.

Being in this study is completely voluntary and you are not under any obligation to consent to allow your child to complete the questionnaires. You can withdraw any time prior to submitting the completed questionnaires however once questionnaires have been submitted anonymously, responses can be withdrawn by contacting the teacher administering the test.

Your decision whether or not to permit your child to participate will not prejudice you or your child’s future relations with the school or the researchers. If you decide to permit your child to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and to discontinue your child’s participation at any time.

All aspects of the study, including results, will be strictly confidential and only the researchers will have access to information on participants. Names will be deleted and codes will be used to identify students for statistical analysis. A report of the study may be submitted for publication, but individual participants, or school characteristics will not be identified in such a report.

The study has the benefits of raising student awareness of the process of building resilience during adolescence. It is hoped the study will enable participants to strengthen their existing connections and enhance their emotional and mental wellbeing. Talking about your participation in the study is encouraged, particularly as it builds awareness of the importance of connecting with others.

When you have read this information, Lyn Worsley will be available to discuss it with you further and answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to know more at any stage, please feel free to contact Lyn Worsley, principle investigator, 02 98690377. Or email lyn@theresiliencecentre.com.au