Five Ways to Improve Self-Regulation in Traumatized Youth

Good “self-regulation” is linked to many positive outcomes, including better mental health, better school preparedness, and more socioeconomic success. This skill set, which includes the abilities to delay gratification and assess risk, can be taught in early childhood and adolescence, says Desiree Murray. Murray is at work on a large-scale report about youth self-regulation for the federal Administration for Children and Families.

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New Research

Early Intervention Curbs Later Violence

With early intervention, aggressive children  committed fewer violent crimes and had fewer psychiatric and substance abuse problems as adults, says new research from Kenneth Dodge and colleagues at other universities. The findings are based on more than two decades of research at four locations around the country. They are based on results from the Fast Track project, an intensive, multi-faceted intervention for children in first through 10th grades. The research appears online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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