A Self-Regulation Approach to the Treatment of Three Hyperactive Boys Academic Article uri icon


  • Three components of a self-regulation approach-self instruction, self-monitoring, and self-reinforcement-were used in training programs for three hyperactive, disruptive boys. Hyperactive behaviors and academic performance during reading and math were monitored in both clinic and school settings. Self-instructional training did not improve performance in the absence of adult supervision and self-monitoring did not significantly affect responding. A combination of self-monitoring and self-reinforcement techniques, introduced first in the clinic and then in the school environment, resulted in improved levels of academic performance and reciprocal decreases in hyperactive behaviors. The investigation represents an initial step toward teaching hyperactive children the skills necessary for successful self-regulation and improvement of their academic performance in the absence of direct adult surveillance. 1979 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Child Behavior Therapy

author list (cited authors)

  • Varni, J. W., & Henker, B.

complete list of authors

  • Varni, James W||Henker, Barbara

publication date

  • January 1, 1979 11:11 AM