Adolescents’ resilience

Adolescents’ resilience

Tracy Evans-Whipp, Constantine Gasser

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter – November 2019
Serious teenage girls discuss an upcoming exam as they wait for school to start


All teens experience difficult circumstances and stressful life events. The ability to bounce back from them, and to learn and grow from them, is called resilience. Resilience is a vital skill for navigating life’s ups and downs.

This report looks at some of the factors that can help or hinder adolescents’ resilience. Its findings are intended to help people caring for or working with teens, by revealing which aspects of teens’ lives are related to their resilience.

Key findings

On average, resilience levels were higher among 16–17 year olds who had:

  • consistently close relationships with one or both parents

  • at least one close friend

  • friends they could trust and communicate with about problems

  • a strong sense of belonging at school.

On the other hand, average resilience levels were lower for 16–17 year olds who:

  • were more inclined to experience negative emotions, such as anger, anxiety, or depression (were high in neuroticism)

  • experienced conflict with their parents (between the ages of 12 and 15)

  • lacked family support (between the ages of 10 and 13)

  • had been the victim of bullying.

At age 16–17, boys reported higher levels of resilience than girls.

Read the full chapter: Adolescents’ resilience.


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Publication details

LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2018 chapter
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, November 2019