Applicability of the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-Second Edition (MABC-2) for Japanese children aged 3-6 years: A preliminary investigation emphasizing internal consistency and factorial validity

Shogo Hirata, Yosuke Kita, Masanori Yasunaga, Kota Suzuki, Yasuko Okumura, Hideyuki Okuzumi, Tomio Hosobuchi, Mitsuru Kokubun, Masumi Inagaki, Akio Nakai

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Abstract

This study investigated the applicability of the Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (MABC-2) for 3- to 6-year-old Japanese children, particularly addressing its internal consistency and factorial validity. The MABC-2 test set for 3- to 6-year-old children was administered to 252 children. Differences between Japanese children and those of the original normative sample (i.e. United Kingdom children) were investigated along with sex differences. The Japanese children aged 3-6 years were found to have higher Manual Dexterity and Balance component scores than children of the normative sample. Girls scored higher than boys on the Balance component. Results of several analyses showed good internal consistency of the MABC-2. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a theoretical three-component model of the MABC-2 was not fitted to Japanese children aged 3-6 years. Instead, a new three-component model was postulated and discussed. The new three-component model of the MABC-2, with Manual Dexterity, Static Balance and Ball Skills, and Dynamic Balance, has high factorial validity in Japanese children aged 3-6 years.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1452
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume9
Issue numberAUG
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 31
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Factorial validity
  • Japanese children
  • Motor development
  • Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (MABC-2)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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