Self-Regulation Training Approaches and Resources to Improve Staff Capacity for Implementing Healthy Marriage Programs for Youth: Executive Summary
- Incorporating co-regulation into HMRE programs took time and investment. Educators reported benefiting from ongoing coaching and reinforcement to provide co-regulation support and implement the strategies as intended.
- Educators reported that with practice, the co-regulation strategies improved youth engagement and reduced disruptions, such as youth talking over one another or using cell phones during the session.
- Successful integration of a co-regulation framework into HMRE programs required a partnership between researchers and practitioners that combined the wisdom and input of key stakeholders in the field.
The Self-Regulation Training Approaches and Resources to Improve Staff Capacity for Implementing Healthy Marriage Programs for Youth (SARHM) project aimed to bring more focus to self-regulation development in programs for youth. SARHM was sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) through a partnership between the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE); it was conducted by Public Strategies and Mathematica. Specifically, SARHM’s aim was to build on developmental psychology and prevention research on the adult role in youth self-regulation development to create resources for educators in Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education(HMRE) programs for youth (defined as ages 14 to 24).
This executive summary shares opportunities to promote the programs, how the strategies are developed, and what the team learned about integrating co-regulation strategies into HMRE programs.
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