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Psychometric properties of the Polish version of the motor observation questionnaire for teachers (MOQ-T)

Agata Nowak, Marina Schoemaker

Online publish date: 2018/06/05
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Purpose
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting 6–10% of school-aged children. DCD causes chronic motor impairments which distinguish children from their developmentally typical peers. To adapt and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Motor Observation Questionnaire for Teachers (MOQ-T) for use in a Polish child population.

Methods
Physical education teachers assessed a normative sample of 348 children using the MOQ-T. Internal consistency was evaluated by calculating Cronbach’s alpha. Factor analysis was performed to investigate construct validity. A clinic-referred sample (n = 31) and a control group (n = 33) were recruited and concurrent validity was assessed by calculating correlations between the MOQ-T and the Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder (KTK). Receiver Operating Characteristic curve analysis assessed discriminative validity.

Results
Cronbach's alpha for the total MOQ-T score was 0.962. Factor analysis identified three factors: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and general motor coordination. A negative correlation between the MOQ-T and KTK scores was found in both the control and clinic-referred groups. The AUC metric for the sample was 0.96 (CI: 0.90–1.00). Sensitivity was 0.80 for total MOQ-T scores at or above 44.5 with a specificity of 94%.

Conclusions
The psychometric properties of the MOQ-T as a DCD screening instrument in Polish school-aged children are promising. Further investigation warrants the inclusion of larger population samples and additional validity comparisons such as with the commonly used Movement Assessment Battery for Children (Second Edition).

keywords:

teacher questionnaire, developmental coordination disorder, cross-cultural translation, reliability, validity

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