Response to Stress Questionnaire (RSQ)

Circle 3The original Response to Stress Questionnaire (RSQ: Connor-Smith et al., 2000) was designed to capture the ways that individuals react to and cope with specific sources of stress, including parental depression, family conflict, and academic stressors. In order to assess refugee children’s stress experiences and stress responses in Lebanese public school settings, Global TIES for Children researchers adapted the child self-report version of the RSQ-Academic Problems (RSQ-AP). It includes two subscales intended to assess: (a) academic problems stress, which we hereafter refer to as “school-related stress experiences”: 10 items asking about levels of stress experienced in school, and (b) involuntary engagement response to stress, which we hereafter refer to as “stress reactivity (involuntary engagement)”: 15 items on the involuntary cognitive, emotional, and physiological reactions to school-related stressors. This version of RSQ-AP has shown strong evidence of validity and reliability with 2,271 Syrian refugee children ages 5-15 enrolled in Lebanese public schools.


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Published by

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
NYU Global TIES for Children


Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)


Program evaluation

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Social-emotional Skills