Screening preschool children for fine motor skills: Environmental influence

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Comuk-Balci N., Bayoglu B., Tekindal A., KEREM GÜNEL M., Anlar B.

Journal of Physical Therapy Science, vol.28, no.3, pp.1026-1031, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1589/jpts.28.1026
  • Journal Name: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1026-1031
  • Keywords: Development, Maternal educational status, Socioeconomic
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


[Purpose] The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of gender and family factors on performance in the fine motor domain of the Denver II developmental screening test. [Subjects and Methods] Data were obtained from 2038 healthy children, 999 boys (49%) and 1039 girls (51%) in four age groups: 0–24 months (57%), 25–40 months (21.1%), 41–56 months (10.4%), and 57–82 months (11.5%). [Results] Female gender, higher maternal age, especially in children older than 24 months, and higher maternal education were associated with earlier accomplishment of fine motor items. Higher socioeconomic status was correlated with fine motor skills more noticeably at young ages. [Conclusion] The results of this study support the role of environmental factors in the interpretation of fine motor test results and point to target groups for intervention, such as infants in the low socioeconomic group and preschool children of less educated mothers. Studies in different populations may reveal particular patterns that affect child development.