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ERIC Number: EJ888423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Individual Differences in Preschoolers' Self-Regulation and Theory of Mind
Jahromi, Laudan B.; Stifter, Cynthia A.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v54 n1 p125-150 Jan 2008
Self-regulation, or the ability to control one's actions and responses, is essential for healthy development across varied contexts. Self-regulation comes in several forms, including emotional, behavioral, and cognitive. The present study sought to examine whether individual differences in one form of self-regulation was related to children's regulation in another domain. In addition, we explored whether different forms of self-regulation were similar in their contribution to preschoolers' understanding of false belief. Findings revealed concurrent relations among emotional, behavioral, and cognitive self-regulation. When measures of children's self-regulation were related to their performance on false belief tasks one year later, executive function predicted false belief understanding, while emotional and behavioral self-regulation did not contribute significantly to the model. These findings support the theory that self-regulation may consist of different interrelated types, including emotional, behavioral, and cognitive. In addition, the study provides important discriminant validity for the types of properties by which inhibitory control processes may be distinguished. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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