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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31804a57c1
Review Article

Gross Motor Development of Asian and European Children on Four Motor Assessments: A Literature Review

Mayson, Tanja Anick MSc, BSc, PT; Harris, Susan R. PhD, PT; Bachman, Catherine L. PhD, OT

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the evidence surrounding similarities and differences in motor development in children of Asian and European ethnic backgrounds to ensure the appropriateness of mixed ethnicity normative comparison data.

Summary of key points: A review of published studies indicates variability in rate and possibly sequence of motor development in children of European and Asian origins.

Statement of conclusions and recommendations for clinical practice: Assessment tools used to discriminate motor development in children of different ethnic backgrounds should be interpreted with caution until there is sufficient information regarding the appropriateness of comparisons among children of different ethnic origins.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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