The Relationship between Motor Skills Difficulties and Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Literature Review

Katherine Lodal, Caroline Bond

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Abstract

Research findings indicate that there appears to be a relationship between poor motor skills and self-esteem however this relationship is unclear. This review examines the effects of poor motor skills on global and/or domain specific self-esteem.. Four databases, Google Scholar and the Manchester Online library were searched for articles focusing on motor skills and self-esteem in children and adolescents. A date range of between January 2000 and July 2015 was specified to ensure sufficient overlap with the most recent meta-analysis. From the database searches, 26 potentially relevant studies were identified and from these 26, eight studies met the inclusion criteria. A synthesis of the studies reveals that there appears to be a relationship between motor skills and self-esteem, however this relationship is complex and likely to vary depending on age, gender and co-morbidity. Implications for EP practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-423
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Volume32
Issue number4
Early online date2 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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