Special section: psychological strengths

Measuring resilience among homeless youth: psychometric assessment of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale in Ghana

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 24, issue 4, 2014 , pages: 321–326
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2014.980620
Author(s): Kwaku Oppong AsanteSchool of Applied Human Sciences, South Africa, Anna Meyer-WeitzSchool of Applied Human Sciences, South Africa

Abstract

This study validated the psychometric structure of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC; Connor & Davidson, 2003) in a sample of 227 homeless youth in Ghana. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) with Varimax rotation was used to extract factor structures. About 62% of the total variance was accounted for by a three-factor structure: personal competence and tenacity, optimism and achievement motivation. Evidence of the external validity of scales was supported by the positive correlation between resilience and perceived social support scores. The CD-RISC appears to yield scores reliable for assessing resilience among homeless youth in a developing world context.

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