Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress Report 4: Implications for Programs and Practice

Murray, D. W., Rosanbalm, K., & Christopoulos, C.
November, 2016

Implications for Programs and Practice is the fourth and final in a series on Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress. The first three reports in this series laid out an applied framework for self-regulation development.

The first report, subtitled Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation from an Applied Developmental Perspective, provides a comprehensive framework for understanding self-regulation in context, using a theoretical model that reflects the influence of biology, caregiving, and the environment on the development of self-regulation.

The second report, A Review of Ecological, Biological, and Developmental Studies of Self-Regulation and Stress, provides a cross-disciplinary review of research on the relationship between stress and self-regulation.

A Comprehensive Review of Self-Regulation Interventions From Birth Through Young Adulthood is the third in the series; it describes results of a comprehensive review of self-regulation interventions from birth through young adulthood and summarizes the level of evidence for different interventions across age groups and outcome domains.

The goal of the final report is to provide practical implications of this work for programs and populations relevant to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). In this report, we first review key concepts for understanding self-regulation in context, including the relationship between stress and self-regulation. Next, we summarize key findings from our comprehensive review of self-regulation interventions, including the types of self-regulation interventions that have been evaluated, the types of populations that have been studied, and the strength of evidence for different types of outcomes for different ages. Finally and most importantly, we address how our current theory and knowledge of self-regulation may apply to different ACF programs, including those children and families living in adversity. For each developmental group examined from birth through young adulthood, specific considerations for key strategies and program elements are provided on separate pages that can be pulled out for review.

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Citation: Murray, D. W., Rosanbalm, K., & Christopoulos, C. (2016). Self-regulation and toxic stress report 4: Implications for programs and practice (OPRE Report 2016-97). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.