Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review | 2019

Measuring Young Children’s Executive Function and Self-Regulation in Classrooms and Other Real-World Settings



A number of different approaches are currently used for assessing young children’s executive function (EF) and self-regulation (SR) skills. Nevertheless, guidance for stakeholders aiming to assess EF and SR in real-world settings (e.g., preschool classrooms) is currently lacking. In the present article, I review the properties, strengths, and weaknesses of three common approaches to EF and SR measurement: direct assessments, adult reports, and observational tools. Building on this general review, I next highlight several considerations specific to EF and SR measurement of young children in everyday contexts. In particular, I consider the ecological validity, interpretability, and scalability of each approach to EF and SR measurement, concluding with future directions for research.

Volume 22
Pages 63-74
DOI 10.1007/s10567-019-00285-1
Language English
Journal Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

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