The resilience scale in Portuguese adults under assisted reproductive techniques

Joana Romeiro*, Paulo Nogueira, Jenny Hall, Sílvia Caldeira

*Corresponding author for this work

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Assessing resilience response to an adverse event such as infertility requires measuring the same construct adequately and accurately by nurses. The objective of this study was to explore the validity and reliability of the Portuguese version of the Resilience Scale for adults. A cross-sectional and methodological design was used, and factor analyses were performed. The sample comprised 140 adult Portuguese individuals under fertility treatment recruited from health-related websites. The findings yielded a bad fit of the hypothesized Resilience Scale structure with the observed data. Instead, a 21-item tool with a four-factor structure revealed high internal consistency (0.94). The tool correlated positively and significantly to the Portuguese version of the Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaire and was negatively associated and lacked correlation with the Fertility Adjustment Scale. The 21-item Resilience Scale is a reliable tool suitable to measure resilience in Portuguese adults under assisted reproductive techniques. This tool offers the opportunity of early recognition by health professionals aiming to enhance patients’ coping skills effectively and promote positive psychological and mental health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5932
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022


  • Adult
  • Assisted reproductive techniques
  • Factor analysis
  • Infertility
  • Instrument validation
  • Psychological resilience
  • Resilience


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