Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS): COVID-19

Brief Resilient Coping Scale: COVID-19 is a 5-item measure of coping mechanisms employed by individuals in difficult situations in their life, such as look for creative ways to address issues, and believing they can control their reaction to the situation.


Geographies Tested: Uganda

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults


1. I look for creative ways to alter difficult situations.
2. Regardless of what happens to me, I believe I can control my reaction to it.
3. I believe I can grow in positive ways by dealing with difficult situations.
4. I actively look for ways to replace the losses I encounter in life.
5. I am coping well with the difficulty and stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Response Options:
Does not describe me at all - 1
Does not describe me - 2
Neutral -3
Describes me - 4
Describes me well - 5

Scoring Procedures

Participant responses are added together to calculate their overall score. Cutpoints are based off of three categories: low resilience, moderate resilience and high resilience.

Original Citation

Miller, A. P., Mugamba, S., Bulamba, R. M., Kyasanku, E., Nkale, J., Nalugoda, F., Nakigozi, G., Kigozi, G., Nalwoga, G. K., Kagaayi, J., Watya, S., & Wagman, J. A. (2022). Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on women's alcohol use, mental health, and experiences of intimate partner violence in Wakiso, Uganda. PLoS One, 17(2), e0263827.

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