(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and others working with children and adolescents to cultivate their skills of self-regulation.
Self-regulation refers to one’s ability to manage emotions and impulses. This 3-page brief discusses how self-regulation develops over time from birth through young adulthood and then highlights 7 key principles that summarize a framework for understanding how self-regulation develops. The 7 principles are:
- Self-regulation serves as the foundation for lifelong functioning.
- Self-regulation is the act of managing cognition and emotion.
- A combination of individual and external factors influence self-regulation.
- Teachers, providers, caregivers, and parents can teach and strengthen self-regulation.
- Self-regulation is dependent on “co-regulation” provided by parents or other caregiving adults.
- Prolonged or pronounced stress and adversity, including poverty and trauma experiences, can disrupt self-regulation.
- Self-regulation develops over an extended period from birth through young adulthood.
Access to Self-Regulation Brief at:
Also see the companion 6-page brief in this series from the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Practice Brief
(PDF, 328 kb)