Adolescents' resilience as a self-regulatory process: Promising themes for linking intervention with developmental science

Thomas J. Dishion, Arin Connell

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the concept of self-regulation as a measure of resilience in children and adolescents. Developmental psychology and neuroscience are converging on the role of attention control as a central ability underlying self-regulation. We collected measures of adolescent attention control from parents and youth, and a measure of self-regulation from teachers. The measures of effortful attention correlated highly with teacher ratings of self-regulation. The composite measure of self-regulation (youth, parent, teacher report) was found to moderate the impact of peer deviance on adolescent antisocial behavior, as well as stress on adolescent depression. These findings suggest that self-regulation is a promising index of adolescent resilience. The construct of self-regulation also provides an excellent target for strategies aimed to improve child and adolescent adjustment in problematic environments and stressful circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResilience in Children
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Pages125-138
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)1573316431, 9781573316439
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1094
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Depression
  • Resilience
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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    Dishion, T. J., & Connell, A. (2006). Adolescents' resilience as a self-regulatory process: Promising themes for linking intervention with developmental science. In Resilience in Children (pp. 125-138). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1094). Blackwell Publishing Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1376.012