Understanding resilience in young people: age, gender and trends over time
PHE ePoster Library. Lane S. Sep 10, 2018; 221287; 224
Mrs. Suzie Lane
Mrs. Suzie Lane
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Abstract BackgroundPoor emotional wellbeing in young people has been linked to poorer life chances, poorer educational attainment and behavioural and social difficulties. Interventions to build resilience in young people could serve as a measure to promote emotional wellbeing and prevent future challenges; however little has been done to understand resilience in our population. AimTo examine the resilience of young people in Gloucestershire. To understand the relationship between resilience, age, gender and time. DesignA repeated cross-sectional study using pupil survey data collected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Resilience scores were developed for 60,933 individuals aged 8-17. Analyses were carried out to assess differences in age and gender. Mean scores were plotted to assess changes over time for particular age and gender groups. ResultsA number of statistically significant results were found. A higher prevalence of good resilience, compared to fair or poor was identified. Resilience increased between 2012 and 2016, however this was not evident in all age and gender groups. Inequality between girls and boys exists, with girls aged 14-17 experiencing the lowest levels of resilience. Declining levels of resilience was found with increasing age. ConclusionsResilience in the study population is high and improving. However, inequalities between some groups were identified, together with declining resilience in older children. Further research is required to understand why this may be the case and to identify interventions which may be beneficial. This study provides new population level data in the growing field of resilience which will help target such interventions.
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