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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

Students in Year 8 show strong levels of connection to their schools and a high level of enthusiasm to achieve. Although 62% reported that they text between 10pm and 6am they scored strongly in reporting that they are able to concentrate at school.

The survey identified students were eating well, however a number of young people report losing sleep through worry and being under constant strain.

34% of students surveyed do not feel good about themselves, but report their parents encourage them to do well at school.

  • 8% high resilience
  • 38% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 39% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 15% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 451 total responses
  • 166 females
  • 285 males


  • 86% are eager to achieve
  • 90% say their parents encourage them to do well at school
  • 81% are able to concentrate
  • 82% eat breakfast at home 3 or more days a week
  • 92% are engaged in the learning process
  • 87% feel connected to school


  • 62% text between 10pm and 6am
  • 41% do not have adults who care about them
  • 29% are losing sleep through worry
  • 34% are under constant strain
  • 34% do not feel good about themselves
  • 54% are not helping to make their community a better place

What is the Youth Resilience Survey?

The Resilience Survey is an evidence based on-line survey which collects, collates and analyses the self-reported strengths of young people.

The data when analysed provides an opportunity for planning programs and events to improve student’s resilience and connectivity to their school and the community.

In 2016, Bayside City Council partnered with Resilient Youth Australia and 19 local schools, surveying over 6700 students in Year 3 to Year 12.