Pupils

We are a research team based at the University of Oxford, running the largest study of its kind in the world

What is MYRIAD? 

MYRIAD stands for My Resilience In Adolescence. We would like to learn more about what it is like to be an adolescent in the UK today. An adolescent is a young person or anyone aged between 10 and 19 years. We are particularly looking at resilience, which is all about learning to deal with any challenges that people might face. You might also have heard resilience being described as ‘bouncing back’ after a difficult situation.

To understand more about resilience and adolescence, we are using questionnaires to find out how young people are thinking and feeling. In total, we’re visiting around 30,000 young people from schools all over the UK in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We like to imagine each of our participants as a small piece in a very big jigsaw puzzle. If you look at a jigsaw puzzle piece, you probably can’t really tell what the big picture is going to be. With all of the pieces put together, though, the picture becomes really clear. With all of the questionnaire answers we gather from young people, we will get a clear picture of what it’s like to be a young person in the UK today.

Later, when the study is finished, we will be writing about what we have found from all of the questionnaires completed by young people. As all of the questionnaire answers are confidential, we won’t be saying which person gave which answers. We will be publishing this research in something called a “scientific journal”, which is similar to a newspaper article. This may be read by lots of different people like teachers, other scientists and anyone who works with young people. We hope that taking part in our research gives young people an exciting opportunity to take part in real-world science, as well as supporting our understanding of how we can improve the lives of other young people in the future.