DOI: 10.1177/07342829231219291 ISSN: 0734-2829

Assessment of Self-Regulation at School Entry: A Literature Review of Existing Screening Tools and Suitability for the Aotearoa New Zealand Context

Ashleigh Barrett-Young, Rachel Martin, Amanda E. Clifford, Elizabeth Schaughency, Jimmy McLauchlan, Dione Healey
  • General Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Education

This literature review investigates tools used to assess self-regulation at school entry and to inform recommendations for use in Aotearoa New Zealand. We were particularly interested in identifying self-regulation screening tools that had been developed from Indigenous frameworks to enhance likelihood of culturally empowering assessment. APA PsycInfo and Clarivate Web of Science databases were searched for articles on self-regulation screening at school entry. Screening tools were included if they met the following criteria: available in English or te reo Māori (the two predominant written languages of Aotearoa New Zealand); appropriate for children aged 5–6 years; and focus on self-regulation or contain a component assessing self-regulation. 39 screening tools which met the criteria were identified. Overall, most tools were developed from a Euro-American perspective and many were deficit- and/or clinically-focused. Issues with translating screening tools to other cultures are discussed, specifically in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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