n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Selfkonsep van 10- tot 12-jarige seuns en meisies met en sonder DCD in die Noordwesprovinsie

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The aim of this study was to determine whether the physical and global self-concepts of boys and girls with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) differ. Stratified random sampling was used to select a group of 260 boys and 266 girls living in the North West Province of South Africa, and who proportionally represent different racial groups [White (n = 87), Black (n = 351), Brown (n = 47) and Indian (n = 41)] in the province. They completed the Movement Assesment Battery for Children (MABC) and the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale (PHSCS) questionnaire. Boys (n = 146) and girls (n = 180) who were diagnosed by the MABC as having DCD (< 15th percentile) were then statistically compared by means of t-testing. The results indicated that girls with DCD have lower physical and global self-concept values than boys with DCD, although the differences were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Manual dexterity had the biggest influence on the global self-concept among both genders, while the physical self-concept of boys was primarily influenced by proficiency in ball skills. Boys with DCD showed significantly lower self-concept values with regard to popularity compared to boys without DCD.

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