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Comparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in Preschool Children


Kakebeeke, Tanja H; Knaier, Elisa; Köchli, Sabrina; Chaouch, Aziz; Rousson, Valentin; Kriemler, Susi; Jenni, Oskar G (2016). Comparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in Preschool Children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 123(3):687-701.

Abstract

An established test instrument for the assessment of motor performance in children between 3 and 16 years is the Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (M-ABC-2). The Zurich Neuromotor Assessment (ZNA) is also widely used for the evaluation of children's motor performance but has not been compared with the M-ABC-2 for children below five years for the purpose of convergent validity. Forty-seven children (26 boys, 21 girls) between three and five years of age were assessed using the M-ABC-2 and the ZNA3-5. Rank correlations between scores of different test components were calculated. Only low-to-moderate correlations were observed when separate components of these tests were compared (.31 to .68, p < .05), especially when involving the associated movements from the ZNA3-5 (-.05 to -.13, p > .05). However, the correlation between summary scores of the two tests was .77 (p < .001), and it increased to .84 when associated movements were excluded, which was comparable in magnitude to the test-retest reliability of the M-ABC-2, supporting convergent validity between the two tests. Although the ZNA3-5 and M-ABC-2 measure different aspects of motor behavior, the two instruments may thus measure essentially the same construct.

Abstract

An established test instrument for the assessment of motor performance in children between 3 and 16 years is the Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (M-ABC-2). The Zurich Neuromotor Assessment (ZNA) is also widely used for the evaluation of children's motor performance but has not been compared with the M-ABC-2 for children below five years for the purpose of convergent validity. Forty-seven children (26 boys, 21 girls) between three and five years of age were assessed using the M-ABC-2 and the ZNA3-5. Rank correlations between scores of different test components were calculated. Only low-to-moderate correlations were observed when separate components of these tests were compared (.31 to .68, p < .05), especially when involving the associated movements from the ZNA3-5 (-.05 to -.13, p > .05). However, the correlation between summary scores of the two tests was .77 (p < .001), and it increased to .84 when associated movements were excluded, which was comparable in magnitude to the test-retest reliability of the M-ABC-2, supporting convergent validity between the two tests. Although the ZNA3-5 and M-ABC-2 measure different aspects of motor behavior, the two instruments may thus measure essentially the same construct.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Life Sciences > Sensory Systems
Language:English
Date:1 December 2016
Deposited On:20 Feb 2020 08:39
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:46
Publisher:Ammons Scientific
ISSN:0031-5125
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0031512516664991
PubMed ID:27590495

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