Associations between skill perceptions and young children's actual fundamental movement skills

Liong, Grace H. E., Ridgers, Nicola D. and Barnett, Lisa M. 2015, Associations between skill perceptions and young children's actual fundamental movement skills, Perceptual & motor skills, vol. 120, no. 2, pp. 591-603, doi: 10.2466/10.25.PMS.120v18x2.

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Title Associations between skill perceptions and young children's actual fundamental movement skills
Author(s) Liong, Grace H. E.
Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D.
Barnett, Lisa M.ORCID iD for Barnett, Lisa M.
Journal name Perceptual & motor skills
Volume number 120
Issue number 2
Start page 591
End page 603
Total pages 13
Publisher Ammons Scientific
Place of publication Missoula, Mont.
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 0031-5125
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Experimental
Summary -Given that children with low movement skill competence engage in less physical activity, it is important to understand how children's perceptions relate to actual movement competence. This study examined relationships between (i) children's self-perception and objective assessments of their movement skills (object control and locomotor) and (ii) parents' perceptions of the children's movement skills and objective assessment. Children's skill perceptions were assessed using the Pictorial Scale of Perceived Movement Skill Competence for Young Children. Parent perceptions of their child's skills were assessed using a modified version of this instrument. The Test of Gross Motor Development-2nd edition assessed children's skills objectively. Participants were 136 Australian children (51% boys; M = 6.5 yr., SD = 1.1) and 133 parents. Regression analyses (by sex) examined the relationship between perceptions and children's scores for actual skilled performance. Boys' perceptions were associated with their actual object control ability. Parents accurately perceived boys' object control ability and girls' locomotor ability, but not the reverse. This suggests interventions aiming to improve children's movement skills could target parents and be designed to teach parents how to recognize good and poor skill performance in their children.
Language eng
DOI 10.2466/10.25.PMS.120v18x2
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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