The Resilience Research Project

This is a long-term project comprised of two studies based at Massey University which focus on young people in New Zealand who face significant risks. The studies explore what helps young people thrive and what holds them back.

The Pathways to Resilience study looks at services to see which services young people use and what their experiences have been.

The Youth Transitions study has a strong interest in exploring strategies that assist young people as they become adults. It examines the roles of personal strengths, abilities, plans, relationships and services that young people use to help them cope with hard times.

Approximately 1500 young people, aged from 12-17 years old are involved in these studies.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has funded the pathways research. The project is part of an international study and works closely with their Canadian counterparts who conceptualised the original Pathways study. 


The following organisations have been crucial in the success of this project. We are very grateful for their support and assistance.

Kapiti Youth Support

Youthline Auckland

Te Aroha Noa


Resilience Research Centre

The Collaborative

Donald Beasley Institute

UNESCO Massey University Logo Resilience Research Centre NZ - Youth Research Site  2013