Resilience Screening Service
There are a number of ways of determining a person’s resilience to stress and other life or work-based challenges, although the majority of these have been some sort of variant on the standard personality or psychometric tests.
Prevental Healthcare have been using a suite of measurement tools that use a fundamentally different starting point based on the knowledge and understandings garnered through many years of applied psychological research in the areas of cognitive psychology and social constructivism.
Three Key Existential Domains
Human beings develop an understanding of ‘how the world works’ through their social interactions in the early developmental phases of their lives.
These key understandings are known as core values and beliefs and they act like a set of ‘perceptual filters’ through which sense is made of any situation.
These core values and beliefs can all be (essentially) grouped into just THREE existential domains:
The extra-personal domain
This domain is concerned with the mechanisms of causality or how causality is attributed. It is also known as the contextual domain.
People tend to have either an internal or an external locus of causality and therefore make sense of life events by applying this particular filter.
For example, people with an external locus of causality tend to believe that there are factors determining their life experiences over which they cannot exert any influence, such as believing that the dark winter nights can make them feel depressed (This belief has subsequently become medicalised and has been given a psychiatric label called ‘seasonal effective disorder’).
On the other hand, people with a more internal locus of causality are more likely to recognise that during the dark winter months they tend to do less, stay indoors and might, as a result of this change of behaviour, feel less motivated to do much.
Unlike the person with the external locus of causality however, they are unlikely to believe that this is an effect created by the lack of light, but more as a result of choosing to stay inside more ie. as a result of their own actions.
People with an internal locus of causality tend to be more resilient to life problems.
The inter-personal domain
This domain is concerned with how one relates to the social context and includes the relationship with family and friends as well as with other people who are either passing acquaintances or who are completely unknown.
It also encompasses the concept of social compliance and social pressure which is the ‘pressure’ that people feel to conform with the social rules and regulations that they are ‘given. This area also includes cultural pressures and so may be multi-dimensional.
Social pressure could be represented by the willingness, or not, to observe social niceties. For example, there are many children brought up to believe that ‘children should be seen and not heard’ which they may continue to observe in later adult life as ‘shyness’ or an unwillingness to ‘speak up’.
In this example it can be seen that this ‘social rule’ is one that has been imposed by a parent on a child (for example) but is really just one person’s idea of how children should behave in public rather than as a rule of law!
People who succumb to social pressure tend to be less resilient than those prepared to challenge those norms.
The intra-personal domain
The third existential domain is concerned with the relationship that people have with themselves.
This is often conceptualised as ‘self-esteem’ or ‘self-confidence’ and represents the way that a person ‘views’ or ‘perceives’ themselves. The way that we tend to think of ourselves is rarely ‘factual’ and more often than not, people will develop a negative self-image in which they conceive of themselves as being inadequate or lacking in skills.
One of the best indicators of this domain can be uncovered through an examination of ‘self-talk’ – that ‘internal dialogue’ that people have with themselves somewhat akin to having either a little ‘devil’ or ‘angel’ on the shoulder which either berates or supports the protagonist.
People who have high self-esteem tend to be more resilient than those who have low self-esteem.
Measuring the Existential Domains
By measuring the core beliefs and values contained within these domains and, more crucially, by recognising that a correlational relationship exists between them, Prevental Healthcare are able to gauge a person’s current level of resilience and whether or not they are likely to cope effectively with stress or trauma at some future point (assuming that their resilience does not change dramatically in the future).
As with all psychological tools that are designed to measure these concepts, they are highly subjective and so should not be taken as absolute. They have, however, shown what is called good ‘internal validity’ and are considered to be good representations of what they purport to measure.
Our combined inventory utilises 70 questions or statements that are designed to measure key beliefs in each of the existential domains.
The results of this ‘test’ are used to identify improvement opportunities for the development of greater resilience.
How Do I Get a Test?
There are a number of ways of taking the test with Prevental Healthcare as part of your company’s partnership arrangement with us.
- By completing the test on your own and then submitting it back to our offices for assessment.
- By attending one of our training seminars in which participants actively take part in the test.
- By your company sending you on our 10 week Thriving at Work training programme which uses the test to configure your learning ‘journey’
Whichever way you take the test, you will be provided with a copy of the results and what it means for you personally in relation to your own levels of resilience.
Why Choose Prevental?
Paul is a highly experienced, academically qualified psychologist with over 30 years experience of working with people to overcome life challenges and achieve life goals.
We are an approved supplier of mental health support services to the NHS Black Country Clinical Commissioning Groups who we have been working with since late 2017.
We have been helping improve people's mental health in the West Midlands since 2009 and have more than 30,000 hours of clinical experience.
Prevental Healthcare are expert mental health professionals dedicated to helping you and your employees thrive.
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