Effortful control and child well-being

H. R. Slobodskaya, E. A. Kozlova, N. B. Bairova, E. N. Petrenko, I. V. Leto

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The present study examined the contribution of effortful control to child well-being in early, preschool and school years (N = 302). Effortful control was measured by the behavioral multitask batteries developed by G. Kochanska and colleagues, and parental questionnaires developed by M. Rothbart and colleagues; child well-being was measured by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, Huebner’s Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale and schoolchildren’s academic achievement. The results showed that parent-reported effortful control was a predictor of prosocial behavior, externalizing, internalizing, and impact on the child’s life; observational measure of effortful control had a protective effect for externalizing problems. Among the components of effortful control, parent-reported inhibitory control and attention focusing, and observational measure of delaying capacity contributed to child well-being. For schoolchildren, parent-reported activation control predicted prosocial behavior and lower peer problems, and observational measure of suppressing/initiating activity predicted child life satisfaction. The findings indicate the importance of effortful control for Russian child well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-73
Number of pages12
JournalPsikhologicheskii Zhurnal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Behavioral multitask batteries
  • Children
  • Effortful control
  • Parent questionnaires
  • Well-being



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