MICHAEL CHANDLER LECTURE
Dr. Nancy Eisenberg, Arizona State University
Children’s Effortful Self-Regulation: Conceptualization and Relations to Adjustment and Maladjustment
Recently there has been an increasing appreciation of the role of emotion and its regulation in children’s socioemotional functioning in both typical and atypical samples. I will discuss different conceptualizations of emotion-related self-regulation, and differentiate between effortful control and aspects of control that are less voluntary (reactive control). After a brief discussion of expected relations of different aspects of effortful and reactive control to (mal)adjustment, I will present findings on associations of effortful control and reactive control with children’s maladjustment and social competence, with an emphasis on temperamentally based effortful control, and the mediating role of personality resiliency.
Nancy Eisenberg is Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests include social, emotional, and moral development, as well as socialization influences, especially in the areas of self-regulation and adjustment. She has published numerous empirical studies, as well as books and chapters on these topics. She has also been editor of Psychological Bulletin and the Handbook of Child Psychology and was the founding editor of the Society for Research in Child Development journal Child Development Perspectives. Dr. Eisenberg has been a recipient of Research Scientist Development Awards and a Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health (NICHD and NIMH).
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