TitleGrowing Up With Assets and Risks: The Importance of Self-Regulation for Academic Achievement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMcClelland, MM, Wanless, SB
JournalResearch in Human Development
Pagination278 - 297
Date Published10/2012

This study examined children's self-regulation, demographic risks (English Language Learner (ELL) status, being from a low-income family), and academic achievement longitudinally across four time points (fall and spring of the prekindergarten and kindergarten years). Findings suggested that assets such as high self-regulation in the fall of prekindergarten were significantly related to children's academic achievement in prekindergarten and during the transition to kindergarten. The effect of self-regulation on achievement did not vary as a function of risk. Higher self-regulation significantly predicted higher academic skills regardless of risks. Discussion highlights the importance of assets, such as strong self-regulation, for early academic achievement.