The motor proficiency development in gypsy and non-gypsy children: a comparative study

José Francisco Filipe Marmeleira, João Paulo Abreu



The objective of this study was to investigate possible influences of ethnicity on motor development. The sample comprised 60 children of both genders with 7, 8 and 9 years of age: 30 gypsy children who attended an elementary school in Moura; 30 non-gypsy children who attended an elementary school in Lisbon. The short form of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency was used to study and compare the motor development level of the sample groups. We concluded that the non-gypsy children in comparison to the gypsy children, revealed a significant superior results in gross motor performance (p=0,015), fi ne motor performance (p=0,000) and in motor proficiency (p=0,005).

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