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Year 4 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in Year 4 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 4 resilience snapshot

Majority of students in year 4 are eating well, engaged in the learning process and feel connected to the school. The main challenge for year 4 students is face to face bullying at school with 58% of students reporting that they have been bullied at least once in the last 12 months. A large number of students also reported losing sleep through worry and feeling constantly under strain.

  • 13% high resilience
  • 52% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 30% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 5% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 826 total responses
  • 406 females
  • 420 males


  • 91% are eating well to stay well
  • 96% are engaged in the learning process
  • 95% think it is important to help other people
  • 92% feel connected to the school
  • 90% feel parents help them succeed
  • 90% feel safe at home


  • 58% have been bullied at school in the last 12 months
  • 40% do not feel a sense of purpose in life
  • 26% are losing sleep through worry
  • 20% feel constantly under strain
  • 19% do not feel good about themselves
  • 18% 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 3 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 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 826 year 4 students.