Research Article  |   January 2014
Suitability of the Miller Function and Participation Scales (M–FUN) for Use With Israeli Children
Author Affiliations
  • Tanya Rihtman, MSc, is PhD Candidate, School of Occupational Therapy of Hadassah and Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, PO Box 24026, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91240 Israel; tanya@tanya-branko.com
  • Shula Parush, PhD, is School Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Occupational Therapy, Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / School-Based Practice / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   January 2014
Suitability of the Miller Function and Participation Scales (M–FUN) for Use With Israeli Children
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2014, Vol. 68, e1-e12. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.008573
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2014, Vol. 68, e1-e12. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.008573
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. Our aim was to generate a Hebrew translation of the Miller Function and Participation Scales (M–FUN) and assess the validity of U.S. norms for Israeli children.

METHOD. All components of the M–FUN were translated, and a pilot study revealed a need for further investigation. The Hebrew M–FUN’s fine, gross, and visual–motor (VM) components and M–FUN participation questionnaires were administered to 267 Israeli children (128 boys, 139 girls; mean age = 59.21 mo, standard deviation = 17.84).

RESULTS. Significant correlations supported construct validity between age and all motor and participation scores as well as age-group differences. Significant differences between the U.S. and Israeli samples were found only for the VM score. Participation and motor scores were significantly correlated.

CONCLUSION. Although VM score results should be interpreted with caution, we provide evidence for use of the fine and gross motor norms and the U.S. criterion-referenced participation scores of the M–FUN with Israeli children.