Assessing Children at Risk: Psychometric Properties of the Motor Behavior Checklist

Maria Efstratopoulou, Rianne Janssen, Johan Simons

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Objective: The psychometric properties of the Motor Behavior Checklist (MBC) were examined. Method: A normative database of primary students (N = 841), rated by their physical educators in school settings, were used to investigate the construct validity of the MBC, the internal consistency, the reproducibility, and the interrater agreement. Results: Psychometric results supported the model. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed a second-order model with two (Externalizing and Internalizing) broadband domains and seven problems scales: Lack of Attention (10 items), Hyperactivity/Impulsivity (14 items), Rules Breaking (7 items), Low Energy (4 items), Stereotyped Behaviors (2 items), Lack of Social Interaction (10 items), and Lack of Self-Regulation (12 items). Conclusion: Although MBC for children is not a diagnostic tool itself, it can provide valid complementary information on attentional, emotional, and developmental problems in children when used by physical educators in school settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-1063
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • checklist
  • cluster analysis
  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • motor-related behaviors
  • physical education
  • reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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