Improving Self-Regulation Skills for All Students

A systemic review and meta-analysis were recently completed on improving self-regulation skills for all students.  There is an increasing amount of evidence supports the positive associations of self-regulation skills with health, social and educational outcomes.

A systemic review and meta-analysis were recently completed on improving self-regulation skills for all students.  There is an increasing amount of evidence supports the positive associations of self-regulation skills with health, social and educational outcomes.

Information about the Study on Self-Regulation

JAMA Pediatrics completed a systematic review and meta-analysis of rigorously evaluated interventions through July 2016 to improve self-regulation in children and adolescents.  In order to be included in the review the studies had to be randomized trials, evaluate universal interventions designed to improve self-regulation in children and adolescents aged 0 to 19 years, include outcomes associated with self-regulation skills, and be published in a peer-reviewed journal with the full text available in English.  In total, 49 studies were included for full-text review reporting 50 interventions. 

Results of the Research Review on Improving Self-Regulation Skills for All Students

The results of the JAMA Pediatrics research review on improving self-regulation skills for all students included a total of 23 098 participants ranging in age from 2 to 17 years (median age, 6.0 years).  The study indicated that consistent improvement in self-regulation was reported in:

  • 16 of 21 of the curriculum-based interventions.
  • 4 of the 8 mindfulness and yoga interventions (school-based interventions lasting 6 months or less)
  • 5 of 9 family-based programs.
  • 4 of 6 exercise-based programs (i.e. high-intensity interval training, martial arts, team games, etc.)
  • 4 of 6 social and personal skills interventions.

Additional Positive Outcomes of Self-Regulation Interventions

Additional positive outcomes of self-regulation interventions were reported in the following areas:

  • 11 of 13 studies (85%) on academic achievement.
  • 4 of 5 studies on substance abuse (80%).
  • 9 of 9 studies reporting on conduct disorders, studies on social skills, studies on depression, studies on behavioral problems, and study on school suspensions.
  • No effect was seen on 2 studies reporting on academic achievement, 1 study reporting on substance abuse, and 1 additional study reporting on psychological well-being.

Conclusion on Improving Self-Regulation Skills for All Students

The researchers concluded that there is a wide range of interventions to help with improving self-regulation skills in children and adolescents. Improvements were noted in academic, health, and behavioral outcomes in most intervention groups compared with controls.

Reference: Pandey A, Hale D, Das S, Goddings A, Blakemore S, Viner RM. Effectiveness of Universal Self-regulation–Based Interventions in Children and AdolescentsA Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(6):566–575. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0232.  Read the full text https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2677898

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A systemic review and meta-analysis were recently completed on improving self-regulation skills for all students.  There is an increasing amount of evidence supports the positive associations of self-regulation skills with health, social and educational outcomes.