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Year 7 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 7 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 7 feel safe and secure at home and report high levels of connection to their school and have strong parent support to succeed. The survey, however, identified that a large number of students have experienced bullying in the last 12 months. A number of year 7 students report to be feeling constantly under strain and don’t feel good about themselves.

  • 16% high resilience
  • 48% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 29% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 7% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 789 total responses
  • 354 females
  • 435 males


  • 95% are engaged in learning
  • 94% think it is important to help others
  • 94% feel their parents help them to succeed
  • 93% feel safe at home
  • 92% are eager to achieve
  • 89% are involved in a club or sport


  • 40% have experienced bullying at school in the last 12 months
  • 30% feel constantly under strain
  • 29% are losing sleep through worry
  • 26% feel they don't have adults who care
  • 25% do not feel good about themselves
  • 24% 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 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 789 year 7 students.