Top resources on the development of self-regulation in adolescents
As per your request, I have identified several important academic centers of study, research articles, and tests that study and measure self-regulation in older adolescents. All of these sources are located within the United States, and mostly focus on ages 12-18. It should be noted that some research articles are older than Wonder's standard two year cut off. Each article that is older than 2016 has been chosen due to its number of citations in other academic works; as well as its appearance in a number of places where the research is presented as still relevant. For each research paper, I note the year in which it was published. Please find my full findings below.
This is a very recently published brief (2017), co-authored and supported by the three most seminal and prevalent organizations focusing on self-regulation and brain development of children and teenagers in the United States. These organizations are listed out individually below, but are: The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, and The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. This is one of a series of publicly available research papers from the research cooperation of these three organizations. This particular research provides very up-to-date best practices for measuring and developing self-regulation in children and teenagers.
The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
The ACF is supported by and located at Duke University. Besides the aforementioned joint research efforts with the FPG Graham Child Development Institute and the US government's Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the ACF has a number of current research projects focusing on adolescent development. The most relevant to teenage self-regulation is the ACF's Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR). The full mission and purpose statement is located here, but states, among other things: " "Through its research support cores...C-StARR enhances the sampling, methods, and analyses of ongoing studies of adolescent self-regulation and substance use." The FPG Child Development Institute is supported by and located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Besides its joint research with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation and Duke's AFC, the FPG conducts individual initiative, projects, and research. Most relevant to self-regulation in teenagers is FPG's research into Physical and Social Health, which include academic papers on self-regulation in children, early adolescence, and late adolescence.
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services
As its very long name implies, the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation is a "sub-branch" to the Administration for Children and Families, which in turn is itself a "sub-branch" of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Understandably, as a large governmental organization, OPRE has a large amount of research studies and interest, including family economic self sufficiency, foster care, responsible fatherhood, and beyond. However, most information relevant to self-regulation in teenagers can be found in the Self-Sufficiency, Welfare and Employment wing of OPRE's research.
Adolescent Self-Regulatory Inventory (ASRI)
Although first published in 2007, the ASRI, or Adolescent Self-Regulatory Inventory is a still used assessment of teenagers and their self-regulatory and cognitive skills. It assesses both short-term and long-term self-regulation using 36 questions, which the teenager answers on a scale of one to five, with one being "not at all true for me" to five being "really true for me. This is still a commonly used measure of teenage self-regulation, and has been thoroughly peer reviewed.
Collection of Academic Articles on teenage Self Regulation
Listed below are eight peer-reviewed academic research articles addressing specific topics on teenage self-regulation, including the role on self-regulation peers, friends, parents, and romantic relationships have, chronic illness and self-regulation, drug use, sexual health, and risk taking. They are listed in order of most recently published, to oldest. Those older than 2016, which make up the majority of these selected academic papers, were chosen because of their large number of citations (proving that the information provided is considered important and still relevant) and the uniqueness of the information (aka, the information could not be found elsewhere). Each contains a short excerpt from the paper's abstract, summarizing the article's findings.
1.) "Peer Effects on self-regulation in adolescence depend on the nature and quality of the peer interaction"
From the abstract: "...different dimensions of adolescent self-regulation are influenced by the nature of the peer context: basic cognitive functions are altered by mere exposure to peers, whereas more complex decision-making and emotion regulation processes are influenced primarily by the quality of that exposure.
2.) "Improving self-regulation in adolescents: current evidence for the role of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy"
From the abstract: "Several studies demonstrate that mindfulness approaches can effectively reduce negative emotional reactions that result from and/or exacerbate psychiatric difficulties and exposure to stressors among children, adolescents, and their parents." 3.) "The Development of Adolescent Self-Regulation: Reviewing the Role of Parent, Peer, Friend, and Romantic Relationships"
From the abstract: "This review summarizes extant literature and proposes that in order to understand how adolescent behavioral and emotional self-regulation develops in the context of social relationships one must consider that each relationship builds upon previous relationships and that self-regulation and relationship context develop." 4.) "Topical Review: Adolescent Self-Regulation as a Foundation for Chronic Illness Self-Management"
From the abstract: "Research has identified multiple individual (e.g., self-efficacy, coping, and adherence) and interpersonal factors (parental monitoring and friend support) that are sources of risk and resilience to adolescent chronic illness self-management."
From the abstract: "We discuss evidence from school-based as well as laboratory research that suggests that suitable training may improve adolescents’ executive brain functions that underlie self-regulation abilities and, as a result, help prevent drug use and abuse."
6.) "Positive Development in Adolescence: The Development and Role of Intentional Self-Regulation"
From the abstract: "The model of Selection, Optimization, and Compensation...is used as a means to conceptualize and
index intentional self-regulation in adolescence. The relation between intentional self-regulation and positive development of youth is examined."
7.) "Sexual Risk Taking in Adolescence: The Role of Self-Regulation and Attraction to Risk"
From the abstract: "Analyses of individual sexual behaviors indicated that self-regulation may affect choices made after becoming sexually active (e.g., number of partners) rather than the initiation of sexual activity." 8.) "Role of Affective Self-Regulatory Efficacy in Diverse Spheres of Psychological Functioning"
From the abstract: "Self-efficacy to regulate positive and negative affect is accompanied by high efficacy to manage one's academic development, to resist social pressures for antisocial activities, and to engage oneself with empathy in others' emotional experiences."
To wrap up, the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, and The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute have all been identified as important centers for the study of self-regulation in adolescence in the United States.