Motor function and social participation in kindergarten children

Yair Bar-Haim*, Orit Bart

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This study focused on the associations between individual variations in children's motor abilities and individual differences in social participation and play behavior. Indoor and outdoor play behavior patterns of 88 kindergarten children were observed, and a battery of standard assessments of basic motor functions was administered. The findings indicate significant associations between children's motor abilities and social and nonsocial forms of play. Results are discussed in relation to existing conceptual models of the underlying causes for nonsocial behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-310
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Motor ability
  • Motor skills
  • Reticence
  • Social play
  • Solitary behavior


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