Early motor development in China: Secular trends among 4-year-olds

Nirmala RAO, Stephanie W. Y. CHAN, Yufen SU, Sheena MIRPURI, Ben RICHARDS, Jin SUN, Zhang LI, Patrick IP

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Abstract

Changes in physical activity levels and increases in screen time across different cohorts may affect young children’s motor skill development (MSD). This study examined cohort differences in MSD in China. Four-year-olds living in Shanghai and in Guizhou province were assessed, in individual sessions, in 2013 (n = 230) and in 2017 (n = 446). Controlling for age, parental education, gender, height, weight, and overall development, children’s MSD scores were significantly lower in 2017 than in 2013 in both Shanghai and Guizhou. Parental education moderated these differences. Declines in MSD scores may be due to increased screen time, higher levels of air pollution, and decreased access to safe, outdoor spaces. The overall decline in motor skills across both regions suggests that appropriate and timely interventions are needed to support young Chinese children’s MSD. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Early online date02 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 02 May 2022

Citation

Rao, N., Chan, S. W. Y., Su, Y., Mirpuri, S., Richards, B., Sun, J., . . . Ip, P. (2022). Early motor development in China: Secular trends among 4-year-olds. Early Child Development and Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2022.2064460

Keywords

  • Motor skills development
  • Secular trends
  • Early child development
  • EAP-ECDS
  • China

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