Mental contrasting with implementation intentions enhances self-regulation of goal pursuit in schoolchildren at risk for ADHD
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- Gawrilow, C., Morgenroth, K., Schultz, R. et al. Motiv Emot (2013) 37: 134. doi:10.1007/s11031-012-9288-3
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Self-regulation is an important prerequisite for successful academic achievement, particularly for children who are at risk for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We taught Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII), a technique that is known to facilitate the self-regulation of goal pursuit, to schoolchildren (sixth- and seventh-graders) both at risk and not at risk for ADHD. Parents rated their children’s level of self-regulation 2 weeks after the intervention. Children at risk and not at risk benefited from MCII more than from a learning style intervention only and the benefits of MCII were particularly strong for children at risk for ADHD. The results have implications with respect to supporting children’s self-regulation in their everyday school lives.