Cognitive Strategy Training and Children’s Self-Control

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The training of self-control behavior in children is an area of research that for many years, at least in the United States, was the almost exclusive domain of the strict behaviorists. In the past 15 years a growing body of literature has emerged suggesting the utility of cognitive and verbally mediated approaches for self-control interventions. This chapter will overview recent experimental work on cognitive interventions affecting children’s self-control. We will focus on ways in which children manipulate their own cognitions to increase self-control and, to a lesser extent, on ways in which tasks and materials can be manipulated to influence children’s cognitions and self-control. Thus, both subject strategies and environmental strategies will be explored. As will become evident during the survey of the literature, self-control strategy research has contributed greatly to both theoretical and practical issues of child study.


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