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Resilience in Context: A brief and culturally grounded measure for Syrian refugee and Jordanian host-community adolescents

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Resilience in Context: A brief and culturally grounded measure for Syrian refugee and Jordanian host-community adolescents

Date of publication: 
01 Jan 2017

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Author: 
Catherine Panter-Brick
Rana Dajani
Alastair Ager
Kristin Hadfield
Mark Eggerman
Michael Ungar
Publisher: 
Child Development
Publication type: 
Assessments
Reports
Studies, Reviews and Research

Validated measures are needed for assessing resilience in conflict settings. An Arabic version of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) was developed and tested in Jordan. Following qualitative work, surveys were implemented with male/female, refugee/nonrefugee samples (N = 603, 11–18 years). Confirmatory factor analyses tested three-factor structures for 28- and 12-item CYRMs and measurement equivalence across groups. CYRM-12 showed measurement reliability and face, content, construct (comparative fit index = .92–.98), and convergent validity. Gender-differentiated item loadings reflected resource access and social responsibilities. Resilience scores were inversely associated with mental health symptoms, and for Syrian refugees were unrelated to lifetime trauma exposure. In assessing individual, family, and community-level dimensions of resilience, the CYRM is a useful measure for research and practice with refugee and host-community youth.

Total number of pages: 
18
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Language(s) of materials: 
English
Country(s) this content is relevant to: 
Jordan

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