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Year 8 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in Year 8 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 8 feel safe at home and report strong levels of connection to their school with support from parents to succeed. Most students are compassionate and think it is important to help others. The main challenges for year 8 students are losing sleep through worry and feeling constantly under strain. A large number of students reported that they don’t feel good about themselves.

  • 7% high resilience
  • 39% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 41% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 13% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 665 total responses
  • 372 females
  • 293 males

Strengths

  • 94% feel parents help them succeed
  • 92% feel safe at home
  • 91% are engaged in learning
  • 91% feel connected to the school
  • 91% think it is important to help others
  • 89% are eager to achieve

Challenges

  • 37% feel constantly under strain
  • 36% don't feel good about themselves
  • 35% have experienced bullying at school in the last 12 months
  • 34% feel they don't have adults who care
  • 34% are losing sleep through worry
  • 31% 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 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 665 year 8 students.