Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment (PSRA)

 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:


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  • PSRA Assessor Report
  • PSRA Certification Score Sheet
  • PSRA Codesheet
  • PSRA Spanish Codesheet


  •  Original Approach

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  • PSRA Troubleshooting Tips Short Version
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The PSRA Assessor Report

The 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:

Head Start Fall


Head Start Spring


Attention/Impulse Control—Long

α = .931

Attention/Impulse Control—Long

α = .923

Attention/Impulse Control—Short

α = .933

Attention/Impulse Control—Short

α = .926

Positive Emotion—Long

α = .869

Positive Emotion—Long

α = .822

Positive Emotion—Short

α = .871

Positive Emotion—Short

α = .842


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



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.