Developmental Coordination Disorder, Age and Play: A Test of the Divergence in Activity-Deficit with Age Hypothesis

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The purpose of this study is to test whether the activity-deficit experienced by children with probable Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) increases with age by comparing activity levels of children with movement difficulties to those of peers without movement difficulties. Using a sample of children ages 9 to 14 (N = 581), we examined whether age influences the relationship between DCD and participation in vigorous play activities and whether the impact of age in this relationship is the same for free play versus 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 are evident among cohorts of different ages. Directions for future research in this area are also discussed. $$ 152 words

John Cairney, is with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S1 Canada. Email: john_cairney@camh.net. John Hay and Brent E. Faught are with the Department of Community Health Sciences at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario Canada. Laurie M. Corna is with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada. Andreas D. Flouris is with the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada.