Adversity quotient

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An adversity quotient (AQ) is a score that measures the ability of a person to deal with adversities in their life.[1] As per W Hidayat, the AQ also has an effect on the student's mathematics understandability. Hence, it is commonly known[by whom?] as the science of resilience. The term was coined by Paul Stoltz in 1997 in his book Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities. To quantify the adversity quotient, Stoltz developed an assessment method called the Adversity Response Profile (ARP).

The AQ is one of the probable indicators of a person's success in life[citation needed] and is also primarily useful to predict attitude, mental stress, perseverance, longevity, learning, and response to changes in environment[citation needed].


  • Stoltz, P. (1997). Adversity quotient: Turning obstacles into opportunities. New York: Wiley, ISBN 978-0471344131
  • Adversity Quotient @ Work: Make Everyday Challenges the Key to Your Success--Putting the Principles of AQ Into Action by Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D. (Morrow, 2000), ISBN 978-0688177591
  • Adversity Quotient at Work: Finding Your Hidden Capacity for Getting Things Done by Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D. (Collins, 2001), ASIN: B000W25NPI


  1. ^ Singh, S., & Sharma, T. (2017). Affect of Adversity Quotient on the occupational stress of IT managers in India. Procedia Computer Science, 122, 86-93.

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