Parental beliefs and practices concerning motor development: Testing new tools

Osnat Atun-Einy, Ora Oudgenoeg-Paz, Saskia D.M. van Schaik

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The parental beliefs on motor development (PB-MD) and the motor habits (MOHAB) questionnaires are new instruments measuring parental beliefs, practices, infant MOHAB, and environmental features regarding motor development. Psychometric properties of these questionnaires were tested using data of parents of 268 Dutch and Israeli infants aged 1-to-8-months. Face- and convergent validity of both questionnaires, as well as internal consistency and test–retest reliability of the PB-MD were satisfactory. Exploratory factor analysis revealed five factors in the PB-MD. Altogether, both questionnaires are valid, reliable and culturally sensitive instruments potentially useful for research and clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-604
Number of pages49
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 3 Sep 2017

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  • Infancy
  • motor development
  • motor habits
  • parental beliefs
  • psychometric properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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