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).
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).
PSRA toolkit includes:
- PSRA Script
- PSRA Script in Spanish
- PSRA Assessor Report
- PSRA Certification Score Sheet
- PSRA Codesheet
- PSRA Spanish Codesheet
- PSRA Traing Overview
- Sample PSRA Training Agenda
- PSRA Troubleshooting Tips Short Version
- Materials List
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 Javanna Obregon.
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.