Perceived athletic competence and physical activity in children with developmental coordination disorder who are clinically referred, and control children

Johannes J. Noordstar*, Ilse Stuive, Hester Herweijer, Lian Holty, Chantal Oudenampsen, Marina M. Schoemaker, Heleen A. Reinders-Messelink

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Abstract

The relationship between perceived athletic competence (PAC) and physical activity (PA) in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is still unclear. This study investigated differences in PAC and PA between, and within, a group of children with DCD that were clinically referred (n = 31) and a group of control children (n = 38), aged 7-12 years. All children were categorized in four groups: (1) children with DCD/low PAC, (2) children with DCD/normal to high PAC, (3) control children/low PAC, and (4) control children/normal to high PAC. PAC was assessed with the Self-Perception Profile for Children, and PA was assessed with the Modifiable Activity Questionnaire. Children with DCD participated less in unorganized PA, but not in organized PA, compared with control children. Normal to high PAC was found in more than half of the children (64.5%) with DCD. Children with DCD/low PAC and children with DCD/normal to high PAC participated significantly less in unorganized physical activity compared with control children/normal to high PAC, but not compared with control children/low PAC. The results indicate that there are large individual differences in PAC in children with DCD. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3591-3597
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2014

Keywords

  • Perceived athletic competence
  • Physical activity
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
  • LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS
  • SELF-PERCEPTIONS
  • TIME
  • PARTICIPATION
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • VALUES
  • PEERS
  • YOUTH

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