TitleSelf-regulation: The integration of cognition and emotion
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMcClelland, MM, Ponitz, CC, Messersmith, E, Tominey, SL
Book TitleIn R. Lerner (Series Ed.) & W. Overton (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of life-span development.
Series TitleCognition, biology and methods
PublisherWiley & Sons
CityHoboken, NJ

The present chapter examines self-regulation across the life span with a focus on integrating cognition and emotion. First, we situate self-regulation in a theoretical context and describe the conceptual foundations that have informed its study across multiple sources of influence, settings, and over time. We then discuss how self-regulation has been defined and operationalized in diverse fields over the life span including developmental, personality, cognitive, and educational perspectives. Next, we review measurement issues including the whatwhere, and how to assessing self-regulation from a multidimentional perspective. Finally, we discuss the development of self-regulation over the life span and conclude the chapter with common themes, implications, and future directions for research and intervention.