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Relationship between actual and perceived motor competence in a group of adolescents with psychiatric disorders

Johan Simons1, Christina Sypsa1 & Inez Vandenbussche2

1Department Rehabilitation Sciences, FaBeR, KULeuven, Tervuursevest 101, B 3001 Heverlee,
2Department Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospital, KULeuven, Herestraat 49, B 3000 Leuven
Abstract

This study examined the relationship between actual and perceived motor competence in adolescents with psychiatric disorders. The participants were 37 (18 male, 19 female) Flemish adolescents, M age=13 years and 10 months (SD=9 months) remaining in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital. The actual motor competence was measured by the Body Coordination test for Children and the perceived motor competence was measured by means of the Physical Self-description No significant differences were found in actual motor competence between boys and girls, whereas significant differences were found in perceived motor competence, in favor of boys. A Kendall correlation indicated no significant relationship between actual and perceived motor competence either in boys or in girls with psychiatric disorders.

Keywords:

Actual motor competence, perceived motor competence, adolescents, psychiatric disorders

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