Annotated Bibliography

Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (Movement ABC-2) - Annotated Bibliography

"An annotated bibliography of studies using the TOMI/MOVEMENT ABC: 1984-1996" by Anna L. Barnett and Sheila E Henderson was previously available with the original Movement ABC. This document is now out of print but is presented below for free in pdf format:

An annotated bibliography of studies using the TOMI/MOVEMENT ABC: 1984-1996 (911 KB)

(The following is taken from page 11 of the above document)

Rationale and Organisation of the Bibliography

We receive many inquiries about how the Movement ABC should be used and about its suitability for different populations. We hope that this annotated bibliography of studies, published between 1984 and 1996, will help to answer such questions by directing the attention of users to studies employing the test in ways relevant to their interests.

Our work on this compilation has been rendered more congenial by the accumulation of evidence concerning the breadth of interest in the Movement ABC. The authors of the studies summarised here are drawn from many different professional groups. These include paediatricians, therapists, teachers and psychologists. Also diverse are the types of children forming the focus of interest. It was the variety of purposes to which the battery has been put, however, which emphasised the need to impose structure on this diversity. To help readers to find their way around the corpus we have opted for division into the following four sections:

Section 1 is devoted to studies in which the test is used to describe and measure the motor performance of different groups of children, ranging from children with a clearly identified medical condition affecting motor performance, through children classified as “clumsy” on purely functional grounds, to children in whom the primary difficulty lies in some other realm, such as language or attention but whose concomitant motor difficulties are of general concern.

Section 2 focuses on longitudinal studies which employ the TOMI/Movement ABC to document aspects of children’s motor development over an extended period of time. The basic concern of these investigations varies. For some, it might be motor difficulties first detected when the child begins school. For others, the children followed up are those known to be or suspected to be “at risk” in the neonatal period, which includes children born prematurely and/or of low birth weight. In both cases, the length of follow-up varies, with only a few extending beyond school leaving age.

Section 3 describes studies which have used the TOMI/Movement ABC in the evaluation of intervention programmes designed to help children with movement difficulties.

Section 4
is devoted to articles concerned with the psychometric properties of the Test and Checklist.

Inevitably, a number of articles could have been appropriately accommodated in more than one of the above sections. In such instances, the entry for that article appears in full in the section we have considered most appropriate, but the reference is also cited in the other appropriate section(s) with a pointer to the one that contains the complete entry.

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