What is it about?

The study explores the validity of a revised Ego-Resiliency Scale (ER89-R) in Barbados. Ego-resiliency is the ability to bounce back from negative experiences and adapt to life's demands. The ER89-R, originally 14 items, was revised to 10 items to measure this trait. The research, involving 346 undergraduate students, tested the scale's reliability and validity by comparing it with anxiety, depression, and stress measures. Findings suggest that while the ER89-R could be valuable for Caribbean resilience research, its reliability was moderate, and some scale items had weak associations. The study recommends further assessment to strengthen its use in Barbados and similar contexts. Researchers in the region should share psychometric data to enhance the validity of local measurements.

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Why is it important?

Ego-resiliency is a relatively stable personality trait characterized by the ability both to rebound from negative experiences and to adapt to demands of life, . . . .the Caribbean, climate threats make resiliency at the individual and community levels a central public health concern (Maas Cortés et al., 2020).


For future research, it's imperative to enhance the scale's reliability and validity, particularly in the Caribbean setting. Collaborative efforts among researchers in the region can facilitate the development of robust measurement tools tailored to local contexts, aiding better psychological assessments and interventions.

Professor Donna-Maria B. Maynard
University of the West Indies

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This page is a summary of: Measuring ego-resiliency in Barbados with the ER89-revised version, Current Psychology, December 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s12144-022-04183-8.
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