Toxic Stress and Self-Regulation Reports

Project Overview

OPRE has commissioned a series of four inter-related reports titled Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress from a team at the Center for Child and Social Policy at Duke University. The team is also preparing a brief focused on implications of these reports for adolescence and young adulthood. The first report, Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation from an Applied Developmental Perspective provides a comprehensive framework for understanding self-regulation in context, using a theoretical model that reflects the influence of biology, caregiving, and the environment on the development of self-regulation. The second report, A Review of Ecological, Biological, and Developmental Studies of Self-Regulation and Stress will provide a cross-disciplinary review on research of the relationship between stress and self-regulation. The third report, A Comprehensive Review of Self-Regulation Interventions from Birth through Young Adulthood will describe the strength of evidence for interventions to promote self-regulation for universal and targeted populations across development. The fourth and final report, Implications for Programs and Practice will consider implications of findings from the two literature reviews for programs supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The point of contact is Aleta Meyer.

  • Reflections on the Relevance of “Self-Regulation” for Native Communities

    Published: July 12, 2018

    The words that comprise “self-regulation” (e.g., ‘self’ and ‘regulation’) may be problematic for many Native communities that emphasize community and learning through observing, internalizing, and doing.  Self-regulation may still be relevant for Native communities because self-regulation occurs in relationships, can be developed through a range of different ways of learning, and can serve the well-being of whole communities.

  • Self-Regulation Snap Shot #5: A Focus on High-School Aged Youth

    Published: April 4, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

  • Self-Regulation Snap Shot #6: A Focus on Young Adults

    Published: April 4, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

  • Self-Regulation Snap Shot #4: A Focus on Middle-School Aged Youth

    Published: April 4, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

  • Self-Regulation Snap Shot #1: A Focus on Infants and Toddlers

    Published: April 2, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

  • Self-Regulation Snap Shot #2: A Focus on Preschool-Aged Children

    Published: April 2, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

  • Self-Regulation Snap Shot #3: A Focus on Elementary-Aged Children

    Published: April 2, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive process called “co-regulation.”

  • Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years: A Practice Brief

    Published: January 5, 2018

    Early childhood is a period of rapid brain development that paves the way for growth of self-regulation skills. Intentional work by adults to promote self-regulation capacity early in the lives of children...

  • Current Gaps and Future Directions for Self-Regulation Intervention Research

    Published: January 5, 2018

    Research shows the value of interventions to strengthen self-regulation, yet there are many unanswered questions.

  • Co-Regulation From Birth Through Young Adulthood: A Practice Brief

    Published: January 5, 2018

    Adult caregivers such as parents, teachers, coaches, and other mentors can play a critical role in shaping and supporting self-regulation development from birth through young adulthood through an interactive...

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