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Research Article  |   March 1986
The Purdue Pegboard: Norms for 14- to 19-Year-Olds
Author Affiliations
  • Virgil Mathiowetz, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN 55105. At the time of this study he was Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • Sandra L. Rogers, OTR, is a staff occupational therapist, Grant Hospital, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Mary Dowe-Keval, OTR, is a staff occupational therapist, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC 20007
  • Lori Donahoe, OTR, is a staff occupational therapist, Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Cheryl Rennells is a paraprofessional, Riley School, Milwaukee, WI 53211
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Research Article   |   March 1986
The Purdue Pegboard: Norms for 14- to 19-Year-Olds
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1986, Vol. 40, 174-179. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.3.174
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1986, Vol. 40, 174-179. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.3.174
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to collect normative data on the Purdue Pegboard, a test of finger dexterity, for individuals aged 14 to 19 years. Three trials were administered to 176 subjects from the seven-county Milwaukee area. Results indicated that females performed better than males on three out of four subtests, suburban subjects scored better than urban subjects on two of four subtests, and scores increased with age. The normative data collected provide a means of comparing a patient’s score with normal individuals of the same sex and age and aid in determining a patient’s need for therapy and in setting appropriate treatment goals.