Evaluation of the Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire as a screening instrument

Dev Med Child Neurol. 2006 Aug;48(8):668-73. doi: 10.1017/S001216220600140X.


Reliability and validity of the Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (DCD-Q) was assessed using a population-based sample of 608 children (311 males, 297 females; mean age 7 y 8 mo [SD 2 y 4 mo]), a sample of 55 children with DCD referred to a rehabilitation clinic, and a control sample of 55 children matched for age and sex (48 males, seven females in each sample; mean age 8 y 3 mo [SD 2 y]). The DCD-Q is reliable and valid in the age range for which the questionnaire was developed(8 y-14 y 7 mo) and in a younger age range (4-8 y). Sensitivity and specificity of the DCD-Q was assessed using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children as the criterion standard. The DCD-Q met the standard for sensitivity (80%) in the clinic-referred sample (81.6%), but not in the population-based sample (28.9%). Specificity almost reached the standard of 90%: 89% in the population-based sample and 84% in the clinic-referred sample.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Development / physiology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Developmental Disabilities / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Motor Skills / physiology*
  • Motor Skills Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires