Comparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in Preschool Children.

TitreComparison between the Movement ABC-2 and the Zurich Neuromotor Assessment in Preschool Children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKakebeeke, TH, Knaier, E, Köchli, S, Chaouch, A, Rousson, V, Kriemler, S, Jenni, OG
JournalPerceptual and motor skills
Date Published12/2016
Mots-clésChild, Child Development/physiology, Female, Humans, Male, Motor Skills/physiology, Neuropsychological Tests/standards, Preschool, Psychometrics/instrumentation

An established test instrument for the assessment of motor performance in children between 3 and 16 years is the Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (M-ABC-2). The Zurich Neuromotor Assessment (ZNA) is also widely used for the evaluation of children's motor performance but has not been compared with the M-ABC-2 for children below five years for the purpose of convergent validity. Forty-seven children (26 boys, 21 girls) between three and five years of age were assessed using the M-ABC-2 and the ZNA3-5. Rank correlations between scores of different test components were calculated. Only low-to-moderate correlations were observed when separate components of these tests were compared (.31 to .68, p < .05), especially when involving the associated movements from the ZNA3-5 (-.05 to -.13, p > .05). However, the correlation between summary scores of the two tests was .77 (p < .001), and it increased to .84 when associated movements were excluded, which was comparable in magnitude to the test-retest reliability of the M-ABC-2, supporting convergent validity between the two tests. Although the ZNA3-5 and M-ABC-2 measure different aspects of motor behavior, the two instruments may thus measure essentially the same construct.

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Alternate JournalPercept Mot Skills
Citation Key / SERVAL ID7137
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID27590495


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