Sample Social Work and Human Services Paper on Instruments Measuring Resiliency

The concept of resilience is common among social workers since they need to help their clients to perform better than expected amidst adversities of life. Social workers can also use various techniques to assess whether their intervention is playing a crucial role in enhancing the resilience of their clients. The researcher encountered a case in the field that required the application of the theory of resilience. The case involved a 25-years-old African American youth who was struggling with the problem of substance abuse. The client was currently living with his uncle and his family since he lost his parents ten years ago. The client portrayed several symptoms of substance abuse, such as poor self-care, social withdrawal, attempted suicide, and inability to concentrate on his daily chores.

Therapy would be applied to help the client understand and overcome the problem of substance abuse. It would include both individual and family therapy to strengthen the resilience of the client. The social worker could hold re-educative sessions with the client and his close family members to help them understand the problem and how it could be addressed (Turner, 2017). The intervention could also help the client to adopt the coping patterns, develop a positive attitude towards the problem, and to promote the recovery process.

The Baruth Protective Factors Inventory (BPFI) is an appropriate tool that can help to increase the resilience of the client in this case. The instrument assesses the resilient of an individual by focusing on four protective factors. These factors include a supportive environment, adaptable personality, compensating experiences, and fewer stressors (Smith-Osborne & Whitehill, 2013). The instrument is selected because it helps to assess a broad range of issues that are critical for the recovery of a client of substance abuse. For example, it measures the role of the supportive environment and the client’s adaptability in helping him to recover. The tool is also suitable for the client since it works well with adults than children. Finally, it is cost-effective and can be implemented within a few weeks. Hence, it will be crucial in achieving the intended goals.




Smith-Osborne, A., & Whitehill, B. K. (2013). Assessing resilience: A review of measures across the life course. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 10(2), 111–126. doi:10.1080/15433714.2011.59730

Turner, F. J. (2017). Social work treatment: Interlocking theoretical approaches (6th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.