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Year 11 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in Year 11 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

Majority of students in year 11 feel safe and secure at home and value helping others. They are eager to achieve and feel that they have parent support to succeed. Over half of year 11 students reported that they don’t feel good about themselves, and 49% of students feel they don’t have an adult who cares.

  • 2% high resilience
  • 22% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 47% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 29% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 444 total responses
  • 223 females
  • 221 males


  • 88% feel safe at home
  • 87% feel it is important to help others
  • 86% consider themselves trustworthy
  • 82% feel parents help them to succeed
  • 82% feel they have empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills
  • 78% are eager to achieve


  • 52% don't feel good about themselves
  • 49% feel they don't have an adult who cares
  • 49% feel constantly under strain
  • 43% are not eating well to stay well
  • 41% feel unhappy and depressed
  • 38% 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 school 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 444 year 11 students.