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Year 5 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in Year 5 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 5 show strong connection to their schools, are very engaged in the learning process and are eager to achieve. One of the main challenges for students is bullying with 50% stating that they have experienced face to face bullying at school at least once in the last 12 months. A large number of students in year 5 reported losing sleep from worry, and also feel unhappy and depressed.

  • 17% High resilience
  • 52% Good resilience with room for improvement
  • 27% Some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 4% Low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 992┬átotal responses
  • 454 females
  • 538┬ámales


  • 97% are engaged in the learning process
  • 96% feel it is important to help others
  • 94% feel connected to the school
  • 92% are eager to achieve
  • 91% feel their parents are good at taking with them
  • 89% are able to concentrate


  • 50% have experienced bullying at school in the last 12 months
  • 42% do not feel a sense of purpose in life
  • 21% are losing sleep through worry
  • 21% feel unhappy and depressed
  • 19% don't feel good about themselves
  • 17% feel constantly under strain

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 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 992 year 5 students.