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Developmental coordination disorder, age, and play: A test of the divergence in activity-deficit with age hypothesis

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John Cairney, John Hay, Brent E Faught, Laurie Corna, Andreas D Flouris

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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The purpose of this study is to test whether the activity-defi cit experienced by
children with probable Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) increases
with age. We use a sample of children ages 9 to 14 (N = 581) to examine whether
age infl uences the relationship between DCD and participation in free play and
organized activities. Consistent with previous work (Bouffard et al., 1996), we
found no evidence to support the hypothesis that children with DCD become more
inactive compared to their peers as they age; however, we do discuss the limitations
in our sample and how some differences in the level of organized and free
play activity are evident among cohorts of different ages. Directions for future
research in this area are also discussed.

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