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Sex differences in motor performance of young children: Fact or fiction?

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Prepubescent boys and girls who had participated for one or more years in a coeducational physical education program were classified by grade (3, 4, and 5) and year (1977, 1978, and 1979). Scores from the AAHPER Youth Fitness Test were analyzed for differences. Results indicated that females at prepubescent ages may be expected to perform at similar levels to boys of the same age on most test items. While differences were not significant, girls in 1979 were actually better than boys of the same age from the two previous years.

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Hall, E.G., Lee, A.M. Sex differences in motor performance of young children: Fact or fiction?. Sex Roles 10, 217–230 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00287776

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Keywords

  • Young Child
  • Social Psychology
  • Education Program
  • Test Item
  • Physical Education