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The sound of self-regulation: Music program relates to an advantage for children at risk


The present study examined an early childhood music intervention designed to promote children’s self-regulatory skill development. The participants were 191 children ages 3-5 years old who faced economic hardship. A quasi-experimental, stepped-wedge design that included four preschools and 3 study years facilitated comparing across the school year children who received preschool programming as usual (= 43) with those who additionally received the music intervention (= 148). Well validated child assessments measured the inhibitory control aspect of self-regulation, as well as receptive vocabulary, and a parent interview measured demographic covariates. (author abstract)

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