Resilience Scale Questionnaire (RSQ)

Find out how people typically react to pressure

This questionnaire identifies five key areas that are recognised as fundamental components of resilience – Self-Belief, Optimism, Purposefulness, Managing Situation and Emotional Tolerance. Unlike other querstionnaires, it does not simply obtain a person’s typical response but also how they react to pressure. This adds a depth to the questionnaire which is then presented both with graphs and with narrative descriptions that interpret the differences that have identified as typical, when stretched and when under stress. In addition there are questions that probe each area in greater depth as well as giving development suggestions for those who wish to build greater resilience.

This questionnaire is not available free of charge.

Please contact Team Focus to discuss how you might access or use it or call 01628 637338.

This questionnaire is not available free of charge.

Please contact Team Focus to discuss how you might access or use it or call 01628 637338.

Test Details and Sample Reports

The Resilience Scales Questionnaire is currently used to profile individuals being selected for high pressure or high stakes roles. The RSQ can also form part of a more general assessment of individuals for development purposes, especially if stress has been identified as an important factor

The Resilience Scales Questionnaire (RSQ) provides a multi-dimensional assessment of the ways in which people react to difficult or challenging experiences.

It was designed to reflect the cognitive, behavioural and emotional elements of resilience and describe coping styles in terms of attitudes, beliefs and typical behaviour, in five general areas:

  • Self-esteem: Attitude to and perception of self in terms of self-esteem, personal confidence and competence;
  • Optimism: Attitude to and perception of the world in terms of optimism, fairness, and future prospects;
  • Self-discipline: How someone manages their behaviour in terms of determination, perseverance and reliability;
  • Control: How someone systematically manages the environment and their ability to adapt;
  • Emotional non-defensiveness: How someone feels in terms of openness, tension and tolerance.

The RSQ has been constructed so that it is resistant to ‘faking’ and contains a ‘managing your image’ scale. Care has also been taken to make sure that it does not have a ‘clinical’ feel.

Use to :

Understand personality traits

Use for :

Selection, development and careers guidance

Suitable for :

Duration :

Self-timed, typically 15 – 20 minutes.

Number of items :


Reliability :

0.79-0.86, depending on scale.

Norms :

UK general population

Costs :

£14.00+VAT (online administration & feedback report).

Training required

Delivery online

Paper delivery

User Guide

User Guide

Sample Reports

Candidate Sample Report