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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Educational and School Psychology

First Advisor

Linda Webster

First Committee Member

Justin Low

Second Committee Member

Jonathon Sandoval

Third Committee Member

Amy Scott


The present study investigated the interrelationships between various constructs drawn from the attachment, temperament, and neuropsychology frameworks in the context of self-regulation development and maintenance. In particular, the study sought to determine whether attachment security in early childhood was a predictor of self-regulation and social competence in adolescence, and to elucidate the roles of inhibitory control (IC), maternal sensitivity, and self-control in this relationship. Structural equation modeling was used to create an integrated theoretical developmental model of self-regulation. Attachment Security at 24 months was found to be a significant predictor of Social Skills at age 15 years. In addition, IC at 54 months, Maternal Sensitivity during third grade, and Self-Control during 4 th grade, were found to be subsequent partial mediators of this relationship. Overall, results of the study suggest that foundational self-regulatory capacities such as inhibitory control evolve from patterns of sensitive caregiver-child interactions in early attachment relationships. Furthermore, these capacities appear to be maintained in part through sensitive caregiving throughout childhood and into mid-adolescence. Additional implications of these results for integrating concepts of divergent theoretical domains are also discussed.





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