Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment (PSRA)
Authors: Radiah Smith-Donald, C. Cybele Raver, Tiffany Hayes, Breeze Richardson
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The Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment (PSRA) was adapted (see downloadable reference page below for citations for authors from the original paper) from a series of lab based tasks for use in field contexts such as preschool. It offers a "portable" direct assessment of young children's self regulation. The PSRA was designed to assess self-regulation in emotional, attentional, and behavioral domains by using a brief, structured battery of tasks. In addition, Raver and her colleagues developed and standardized the PSRA assessor report capturing children's emotion regulation and attention/impulsivity during the course of the direct assessment. The PSRA assessor report draws from previous work capturing assessors' global readings of children's regulation (Roid & Miller, 1997; Wakschlag et al., 2005). For more details, see Smith-Donald, Raver, Hayes, & Richardson, 2007, downloadable below.
The PSRA has been used in numerous studies including the Chicago School Readiness Project. Shortened versions have been included in the Foundations of Learning (Morris, P.I. & Raver Co I).
Other articles that have cited the PSRA include:
- Rimm-Kaufman, S. E., Curby, T. W., Grimm, K. J., Nathanson, L., Brock, L. L. (2009). The contribution of children's self-regulation and classroom quality to children's adaptive behaviors in the kindergarten classroom. Developmental Psychology, 45(4).
- Bierman, K.L., Domitrovich, C. E., Nix, R. L., Gest, S. D., Welsh, J. A., Greenberg, M. T., et al. (2008). Promoting academic and social-emotional school readiness: The Head Start REDI program. Child Development. 79(6).
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At a Glance:
The PSRA Assessor ReportThe PSRA Assessor Report, a measure developed by Dr. Raver and her colleagues, is designed to capture assessors' ratings of children's emotion regulation and attention/impulsivity during the course of the PSRA administration. The two PSRA Assessor Report subscales were found to be internally consistent in Raver's CSRP study sample:
For more information, see Smith-Donald, Raver, Hayes, & Breeze, 2007
If you have any questions regarding the PSRA Assessor Report or the above table and wish to receive more information, please contact Jessica Burdick at Jessica.Burdick@nyu.edu
The Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment was supported by Award Number R01HD046160 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development or the National Institutes of Health.