Receptions of Efficacy in Research of Psychomotricity: Why Kavale/Mattson´s Study was not helpful and reflections about how to do better! *

Vetter Martin
University of Marburg, Germany


If one follows traditional scientific understanding, psychomotricity suffers from the fact that its efficacy is not sufficiently proven. Research in this field has, to date, been sparse. This article demonstrates how superficial acceptance of results from other research areas or regions may be problematic. To this end, an influential US meta-analysis, its adaptation to the local context of psychomotor therapy in the German-speaking part of Europe, and the ensuing effects are here examined. This examination leads to a perspective indicating which research results from related disciplines could contribute to psychomotor research, and how new research approaches in the field of psychomotricity should refer to them. The main thesis of this article is that meta-studies should be used to provide indications for subject-specific research, but that a superficial discussion and adoption of their results is not helpful.


Research methods, psychomotor therapy, psychomotor education, psychomotricity, efficacy, evidence


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