Emotion-Related Self-Regulation in Children

Nancy Eisenberg, Michael J. Sulik

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In this article, the authors review basic conceptual issues in research on children’s emotion-related self-regulation, including the differentiation between self-regulation that is effortful and voluntary and control-related processes that are less amenable to effortful control. In addition, the authors summarize what researchers know about developmental changes in self-regulatory capacities, give examples of various methods used to assess these abilities, and summarize findings on the relations between self-regulation or effortful control and positive adjustment and maladjustment. Finally, the authors discuss some strategies for effectively teaching students about emotion regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • effortful control
  • emotion
  • self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


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