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Year 3 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 3 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".

Year 3 resilience snapshot

Majority of students in year 3 show high levels of connection to their schools with a strong motivation to achieve. Students also report good physical health and strong relations with their families. Year 3 students in Bayside experience challenges with bullying, losing sleep through worry and establishing friendships.

  • 9% high resilience
  • 54% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 32% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 5% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 298 total responses
  • 150 females
  • 148 males


  • 93% think it is important to help people
  • 92% feel parents help them to succeed
  • 92% feel connected to school
  • 90% are eating well to stay well
  • 88% are eager to achieve
  • 88% feel parents are good at talking with them


  • 58% have experienced bullying at school in the last 12 months
  • 31% are losing sleep through worry
  • 28% cannot build friendships with other people
  • 25% feel constantly under strain
  • 23% don't feel good about themselves
  • 20% feel unhappy and depressed

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 analysed data 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 298 year 3 students.