Clumsiness in children--do they grow out of it? A 10-year follow-up study

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1991 Jan;33(1):55-68. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1991.tb14785.x.


The question of whether problems of motor co-ordination in early childhood recede with age has rarely been addressed. This paper reports the findings from a follow-up study of 17 children, identified by their teachers as having poor motor co-ordination at age six. Now age 16, these children and their matched controls completed a battery of assessments. The results suggest that the majority of children still have difficulties with motor co-ordination, have poor self-concept and are experiencing problems of various kinds in school. However, there are individual differences in the extent to which the children have learned to cope with their continuing difficulties over the years.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
  • Affective Symptoms / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / epidemiology
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / epidemiology
  • Developmental Disabilities / diagnosis*
  • Developmental Disabilities / psychology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Personality Inventory
  • Prognosis
  • Psychomotor Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Psychomotor Disorders / psychology
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Self Concept
  • Social Adjustment
  • Wechsler Scales