|Title||A Self-Determination Perspective on Self-Regulation across the Life Span|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Geldhof, GJ, Fenn, ML, Finders, JK|
|Editor||Wehmeyer, ML, Shogren, KA, Little, TD, Lopez, SJ|
|Pagination||221 - 235|
As a core component of human functioning, self-regulation has persisted as a focus of psychological inquiry since the field’s inception. The study of self-regulation plays a central role in understanding the development of self-determination, particularly within the context of initiating and sustaining agentic action. This chapter examines the role of self-regulation in self-determination, explores uses of the self-regulation construct in psychology, and examines how theories of self-regulation relate to and differ from self-determination and, specifically, Self-Determination Theory. The chapter examines a continuum of regulation ‘types’ that range from extrinsically motivated to intrinsically and autonomously motivated, then concludes with a discussion of the development of self-regulation across multiple age spans.