The Attention Training Technique improves Children's ability to delay gratification: A controlled comparison with progressive relaxation.
Behav Res Ther 2018 Feb 15;104:1-6. Epub 2018 Feb 15.
University of Manchester, UK; Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK. Electronic address:
The ability to delay gratification at a young age is a predictor of psychological, cognitive, health, and academic later-life outcomes. This study aimed to extend earlier research and explore whether a metacognitive intervention, Wells' (1990) Attention Training Technique (ATT), could improve young children's ability to delay gratification compared to an active-control (Progressive Muscle Relaxation: PMR), and no-intervention group. One hundred and one children aged 5-6 years old were recruited from schools. Read More