A Self-Determination Perspective on Self-Regulation across the Life Span

  • G. John GeldhofEmail author
  • Meghann L. Fenn
  • Jennifer K. Finders


As a core component of human functioning, self-regulation has persisted as a focus of psychological inquiry since the field’s inception. The study of self-regulation plays a central role in understanding the development of self-determination, particularly within the context of initiating and sustaining agentic action. This chapter examines the role of self-regulation in self-determination, explores uses of the self-regulation construct in psychology, and examines how theories of self-regulation relate to and differ from self-determination and, specifically, Self-Determination Theory. The chapter examines a continuum of regulation ‘types’ that range from extrinsically motivated to intrinsically and autonomously motivated, then concludes with a discussion of the development of self-regulation across multiple age spans.


Self-regulation developmental systems Goal attainment Introjected regulation Identified regulation Integrated regulation Intrinsic regulation Adult-like regulation Intentional self-regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. John Geldhof
    • 1
    Email author
  • Meghann L. Fenn
    • 1
  • Jennifer K. Finders
    • 1
  1. 1.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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