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Strategies for Student Success: Emotional Regulation

Patrick Frato, Ed.S., NCSP, SP597
Lecturer in School Psychology
School Psychology Program
Cleveland State University

Gabriela Alvarez, B.A.
Graduate Student
School Psychology Program
Cleveland State University

Description of Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation refers to how and why individuals experience particular emotions, as well as how those emotions are expressed (Compare, Zarbo, Shonin, Gordon, & Marconi, 2014). Emotions play an essential role in learning and one’s ability to regulate emotions is critical to school success. Students who demonstrate persistently positive attitudes and behaviors in school are well positioned for high achievement. Poor emotional regulators, on the other hand, struggle with substandard achievement, inadequate social skills, and low motivation (Kwon, Hanrahan, & Kuozyk, 2017).

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