Health and Self-Regulation among School-Age Children Experiencing Family Homelessness
AbstractChildren in homeless families have high levels of adversity and are at risk for behavior problems and chronic health conditions, however little is known about the relationship between cognitive-emotional self-regulation and health among school-aged homeless children. Children (n = 86; mean age 10.5) living in shelters were assessed for health, family stress/adversity, emotional-behavioral regulation, nonverbal intellectual abilities, and executive function. Vision problems were the most prevalent health condition, followed by chronic respiratory conditions. Cumulative risk, child executive function, and self-regulation problems in children were uniquely related to child physical health. Homeless children experience problems with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral regulation as well as physical health, occurring in a context of high psychosocial risk. Several aspects of children’s self-regulation predict physical health in 9- to 11-year-old homeless children. Health promotion efforts in homeless families should address individual differences in children’s self-regulation as a resilience factor. View Full-Text
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Barnes, A.J.; Lafavor, T.L.; Cutuli, J.J.; Zhang, L.; Oberg, C.N.; Masten, A.S. Health and Self-Regulation among School-Age Children Experiencing Family Homelessness. Children 2017, 4, 70.
Barnes AJ, Lafavor TL, Cutuli JJ, Zhang L, Oberg CN, Masten AS. Health and Self-Regulation among School-Age Children Experiencing Family Homelessness. Children. 2017; 4(8):70.Chicago/Turabian Style
Barnes, Andrew J.; Lafavor, Theresa L.; Cutuli, J. J.; Zhang, Lei; Oberg, Charles N.; Masten, Ann S. 2017. "Health and Self-Regulation among School-Age Children Experiencing Family Homelessness." Children 4, no. 8: 70.
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