The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 12.5 sweep (TeenFocus 1) using the Motor Skill And Movement Test.
Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.
|Speed of limb movement|
|CHC:||Psychomotor Speed (Gps)|
|Administration method:||Trained interviewer; clinical setting; oral answers; physical task|
|Procedure:||Children undertook five separate physical tasks:|
|1. Turning Pegs (invert 12 pegs in a peg board)|
|2. Throwing at target (throws ball at target 3 meters away)|
|3. Walking backwards (child walks backwards along a 4.5 metre line on the floor)|
|4. One-hand catch (child bounces ball of wall 2m away and catches with one hand)|
|5. Two footed jump (child jumps forward as far as possible from a standing position)|
|Link to questionnaire:||http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/researchers/our-data/clinical-measures/ (opens in new tab)|
|Scoring:||Scored on speed, accuracy and distance.|
|Item-level variable(s):||Not readily available|
|Total score/derived variable(s):||ff2640 - ff2893|
|Descriptives:||Turning pegs first trial (preferred hand)||Walking backwards (no. steps)|
|N = 1,956||N = 2,081|
|Range = 6 - 66||Range = 1 - 15|
|Mean = 22.03||Mean = 10.92|
|SD = 4.41||SD = 4.92|
|(click image to enlarge)||(click image to enlarge)
|Age of participants:||Mean (months) = 153.73, SD = 2.77, Range = 136 - 171|
|Other sweep and/or cohort:||None|
|Source:||Devised for study|
|Technical resources:||Additional information is available on the ALSPAC website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/researchers/our-data/clinical-measures/ (opens in new tab)|
For the named items in the table above, links are provided to their corresponding content on CLOSER Discovery. Where a variable range is provided, full variable lists can be accessed through the ‘Variable Groups’ tab on the linked Discovery page.
- Overview of all cognitive measures in ALSPAC
- Overview of childhood cognitive measures across all studies
This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.