Gender differences in motor skill proficiency from childhood to adolescence : a longitudinal study

Barnett, Lisa M., van Beurden, Eric, Morgan, Philip J., Brooks, Lyndon O. and Beard, John R. 2010, Gender differences in motor skill proficiency from childhood to adolescence : a longitudinal study, Research quarterly for exercise and sport, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 162-170.

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Title Gender differences in motor skill proficiency from childhood to adolescence : a longitudinal study
Author(s) Barnett, Lisa M.
van Beurden, Eric
Morgan, Philip J.
Brooks, Lyndon O.
Beard, John R.
Journal name Research quarterly for exercise and sport
Volume number 81
Issue number 2
Start page 162
End page 170
Publisher American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Place of publication [Washington, D.C.]
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 0270-1367
2168-3824
Keyword(s) gross motor skills
locomotor
object control
Summary Students' proficiency in three object control and three locomotor skills were assessed in 2000 (M age = 10.06 years, SD = 0.63) in New South Wales, Australia and in 2006-07 (M age = 16. 44 years, SD = 0. 64). In 2006-07, 266 students, 138 girls (51.9%) and 128 boys (48.1%), had at least one skill reassessed. Boys were more object control proficient than girls. Childhood object control proficiency significantly predicted (p =. 001) adolescent object control proficiency ([r.sup.2] = .39), and, while gender was significant (p = .001), it did not affect the relationship between these variables (p = .53). Because childhood object control proficiency is predictive of subsequent object control proficiency, developing skills in childhood is important.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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