Does Preschool Self-Regulation Predict Later Behavior Problems in General or Specific Problem Behaviors? – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology


Findings from prior research have consistently indicated significant associations between self-regulation and externalizing behaviors. Significant associations have also been reported between children’s language skills and both externalizing behaviors and self-regulation. Few studies to date, however, have examined these relations longitudinally, simultaneously, or with respect to unique clusters of externalizing problems. The current study examined the influence of preschool self-regulation on general and specific externalizing behavior problems in early elementary school and whether these relations were independent of associations between language, self-regulation, and externalizing behaviors in a sample of 815 children (44% female). Additionally, given a general pattern of sex differences in the presentations of externalizing behavior problems, self-regulation, and language skills, sex differences for these associations were examined. Results indicated unique relations of preschool self-regulation and language with both general externalizing behavior problems and specific problems of inattention. In general, self-regulation was a stronger longitudinal correlate of externalizing behavior for boys than it was for girls, and language was a stronger longitudinal predictor of hyperactive/impulsive behavior for girls than it was for boys.

SOURCE: Lonigan, C.J., Spiegel, J.A., Goodrich, J.M. et al.  “Does Preschool Self-Regulation Predict Later Behavior Problems in General or Specific Problem Behaviors?” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology [Early view pp 1–12]

BROTHERHOOD STAFF – please contact the LIBRARY if you would like full text access to this article

OTHER USERS – see this LINK to publisher’s website

BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia. If you find our service useful and would like to contribute to ‘Working for an Australia Free of Poverty’, please consider a donation using the link below.

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Select list(s):

Follow BroCAP on Twitter

Click on a date to search archive

March 2017
« Feb    


Posts are for information purposes and do not constitute endorsement by the Brotherhood of St Laurence