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Authors: Radiah Smith-Donald, C. Cybele Raver, Tiffany Hayes, and Breeze Richardson

The Preschool Self-Regulation Assessment (PSRA) was adapted from a series of laboratory based tasks for use in field contexts, such as preschool. PSRA offers a "portable" direct assessment of young children's self regulation and is designed to assess self-regulation in emotional, attentional, and behavioral domains by using a brief, structured battery of tasks.

Dr. 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 on assessors' global readings of children's regulation (Roid & Miller, 1997; Wakschlag et al., 2005). For more details, see Smith-Donald et al., 2007.

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).

PSRA toolkit includes:

Measure

  • PSRA Script
  • PSRA Script in Spanish

Scoresheet

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

Training Materials

  • PSRA Traing Overview
  • Sample PSRA Training Agenda
  • PSRA Troubleshooting Tips Short Version
  • Materials List

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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

If you have any questions regarding the PSRA Assessor Report or the above table and wish to receive more information, please contact Hannah Ellerbeck .

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.