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Year 10 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 10 who participated in our Youth Resilience Survey.

What is resilience?

Andrew Fuller from Resilient Youth defines resilience as "the ability to draw upon the strengths within yourself and from around you to flexibly respond to life while remaining true to yourself and creating positive relationships with others".

Resilience snapshot

Students in year 10 feel safe and secure at home. They are engaged in learning and feel that they have parent support to achieve success. Students in year 10, however, reported feeling constantly under strain and 48% reported not getting 8 hours of sleep at night. A large number of students also reported that they were not eating well to stay well.

  • 5% high resilience
  • 31% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 45% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 19% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 494 total responses
  • 262 females
  • 232 males


  • 92% feel safe  at home
  • 87% feel their parents help them to succeed
  • 87% think it is important to help others
  • 86% consider themselves to be trustworthy
  • 83% are engaged in learning
  • 84% are connected to the school


  • 48% do not get 8 hours sleep
  • 45% don't feel good about themselves
  • 39% feel constantly under strain
  • 36% are not eating well to stay healthy
  • 35% feel unhappy or depressed
  • 31% are unable to concentrate

What is the Youth Resilience Survey?

The Youth Resilience Survey is an evidence based online survey which indicates the self-reported strengths of young people. The survey is framed in three resilience pathways: Safe, Healthy and Fulfilling with 10 domains underpinning these categories providing a current picture of how to build resilience in young people. The data, when analysed, provides an opportunity for planning programs and events to improve the resilience of young people and enhance connections to schools and the local community.

In 2017, we partnered with Resilient Youth and 24 local schools, surveying over 6,400 students in years 3 to 12. This snapshot provides an overview of the resilience of 494 year 10 students.