International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Effect of Group Psychomotor Therapy on Motor and Social Competence in Children 4-5 Years of Age
Georgios Moschos, Dr. Elizana Pollatou, Dr. Antonis Kambas, Dr. Alexandra Bekiari

Group Psychomotor Therapy (GPT) is prescribed for children with behavioral problems. The purpose of the study was to examine the effect of a GPT, on motor competence (MC) and social competence (SC) of children 4-5 years old. In the survey participated 58 children aged 47-59 months, attending private kindergartens “Mistiko Kleidi” and “Molyvada”, located in Ioannina, Epirus, Greece. The sample was assigned to the Experimental Group (EG) who participated in the GPT program and Control Group (CG) who did not participate in any intervention program. Children’s MC was measured with the 10-items Democritus Motor Screening Tool for Preschool Children (DEMOST-PRE) and SC was measured with the 23-items Psychosocial Test Adjustment (PTA), which includes 23 questions. According to the results, children of the EG presented higher improvement on motor and social competence compared to those of the CG. The results confirm that GPT affects not only the child’s motor profile but also the social competence.

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