A comparison of the general movements assessment with traditional approaches to newborn and infant assessment: Concurrent validity

Laurie M. Snider*, Annette Majnemer, Barbara Mazer, Suzann Campbell, Arend F. Bos

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Background: Assessment of the quality of general movements (GMs) is an early clinical marker for prediction of cerebral palsy.

Aims: To explore how the General Movements Assessment (GMsA) relates to traditional newborn and infant measures currently in use.

Study design: A prospective cohort design was used to examine concurrent validity of the GMsA in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) survivors (n = 100) at three age points: preterm (34 weeks gestational age GA), term (38-40 weeks GA), and post term (12 weeks adjusted age [AA]) with traditional assessments (see below). Correlation analysis was used to determine the strength of the associations between tests at each age point.

Subjects: Preterm infants born at

Outcome measures: Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), Einstein Neonatal Neurobehavioral. Assessment Scale (ENNAS), Alberta Infant Motor Scales (AIMS).

Results: A low-strength relationship (r=

Conclusions: Evidence of concurrent validity of the GMsA with traditional assessments was not found. These early findings support Prechtl's suggestion that GMs reflect a unique neurologic construct, different from traditional tests and reinforce the complementary perspective which the GMsA brings to neonatal assessment. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)297-303
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftEarly Human Development
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - mei-2008

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