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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: The role of attention and emotion regulation in school readiness and school performance
Authors: Mittinty, M 
Lynch, J 
Sawyer, A 
Chittleborough, C 
Publication Date: 10-Sep-2012
Keywords: Academic Achievement
Emotion regulation
Attention regulation
Abstract: Introduction: Understanding how the social and emotional development of young children influences academic outcomes is important to enable better targeting of interventions designed to improve school readiness and academic outcomes. This prospective study investigated the extent to which self-regulatory abilities when children were aged 2-3 years, including attention and emotion regulation, predicted academic outcomes at age 6-7 years. Method: The study used data from the birth cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Children were assessed when they were aged 2-3, 4-5 and 6-7 years (n=2230). Latent class analysis used items from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and the Short Temperament Scale to create indicators of attention and emotion regulation. School readiness at age 4-5 years was assessed using the child-completed ‘Who Am I?’ questionnaire. School performance at age 6-7 years was assessed with the teacher-rated Academic Rating Scale (ARS) and Approaches to Learning Scale (ALS). Preliminary results: Children with low emotion regulation at age 2-3 scored lower on school readiness (beta coefficient=-1.16, 95% CI -1.99 to -0.33) and school performance (ARS mathematical thinking beta coefficient-0.11, -0.19 to -0.02; ARS language and literacy beta coefficient=-0.16, -0.24 to -0.08; ALS beta coefficient=-0.24, -1.9 to -0.32) after adjustment for gender and socioeconomic disadvantage. Results were similar for attention regulation. Conclusion: Attention and emotion regulation in young children are potential targets for interventions designed to improve later school readiness and school performance. Key message: Children’s development of self-regulatory abilities in early life may play an important role in later success in school.
Conference: Population Health Congress
Conference location: Adelaide, South Australia
Keywords: Child Development -- Emotional; Education and Training -- School readiness; Education and Training -- Literacy and numeracy; Children -- Early childhood
Research collection: Conference Presentations
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