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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 787363, 7 pages
Research Article

Measuring Use of Resourcefulness Skills: Psychometric Testing of a New Scale

1Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4904, USA
2Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI 53233, USA

Received 15 February 2011; Accepted 22 March 2011

Academic Editor: K. R. Shin

Copyright © 2011 Jaclene A. Zauszniewski and Abir K. Bekhet. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Highly resourceful individuals have been found better able to meet life's challenges and to experience more positive health outcomes. Although psychometrically sound measures of resourcefulness exist and resourcefulness training trials show that the intervention increases adaptive functioning and enhances quality of life, there is no direct measure of intervention fidelity. This study examined the reliability and validity of an 8-item Resourcefulness Skills Scale (RSS), which measures the frequency with which intervention recipients use specific resourcefulness skills. The RSS was found to have acceptable internal consistency ( 𝛼 = . 7 8 ), criterion-related validity ( π‘Ÿ 's = .50 and .52 with other resourcefulness scales), and construct validity ( π‘Ÿ 's =.38 and .53 with theoretically-related constructs). Factor analysis revealed two factors reflecting personal and social resourcefulness. Because the RSS queries respondents on their use of skills taught during resourcefulness training, it has potential usefulness as a measure for evaluating how well the training is translated into use of the skills in daily life.