In the last decade, self–regulation has emerged as a burgeoning area of research that is critical to enhancing our understanding of human development. Both organismic and intentional self–regulation processes must be integrated across childhood and adolescence for adaptive developmental regulations to exist and for the developing person to thrive, both during the first two decades of life and across the adult years. To date, such an integrated, life–span approach to self–regulation during childhood and adolescence has not been fully formulated. This monograph provides such integration by bringing together scholars whose research has focused on age–specific facets of self–regulation processes and on the dynamics of the developmental system across the life span.
Richard M. Lerner, Jacqueline V. Lerner, Edmond P. Bowers, Selva Lewin–Bizan, Steinunn Gestsdottir, Jennifer Brown UrbanThe editors discuss the need to integrate self–regulation processes and to create a life–span oriented framework of these processes. They provide a brief overview of the work of the scholars contributing to this volume.
2. When Everything New Is Well–Forgotten Old: Vygotsky/Luria Insights in the Development of Executive Functions 11Elena Bodrova, Deborah J. Leong, Tatiana V. AkhutinaVygotsky and Luria′s concept of the "extra–cortical organization of higher mental functions" and its evolution are explored using the example of self–regulation.
3. Self–Regulation and Academic Achievement in Elementary School Children 29Megan M. McClelland, Claire E. CameronThe authors situate self–regulation and social competence in a theoretical context that describes the components most important for early school success.
4. Influences of Children′s and Adolescents′ Action–Control Processes on School Achievement, Peer Relationships, and Coping with Challenging Life Events 45G. John Geldhof, Todd D. LittleSelf–regulation is discussed as a construct that depends on the development of key lower–order components. The conceptualization of selfregulation and its development is applied to other approaches to self–regulation.
5. Intentional Self–Regulation, Ecological Assets, and Thriving in Adolescence: A Developmental Systems Model 61Steinunn Gestsdottir, Jennifer Brown Urban, Edmond P. Bowers, Jacqueline V. Lerner, Richard M. LernerThe positive youth development (PYD) perspective is used to emphasize that enhancing adolescents abilities to engage in intentional selfregulatory processes will increase the capacity of youth to thrive.
6. A Life–Span, Relational, Public Health Model of Self–Regulation: Impact on Individual and Community Health 77Swapnil Maniar, Jonathan F. ZaffThe authors extend the ideas of the development of self–regulation and its impact on development by proposing a life–span, relational, public health model.
7. Adolescents′ Conscious Processes of Developing Regulation: Learning to Appraise Challenges 87Reed W. LarsonThe author discusses the challenges reported by youth working on arts, technology, and social justice projects in organized programs and how they learn to address them.