Tanya Rihtman, Shula Parush; Suitability of the Miller Function and Participation Scales (M–FUN) for Use With Israeli Children. Am J Occup Ther 2014;68(1):e1–e12. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2014.008573
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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.
The M–FUN has the potential to provide an important contribution to clinical occupational therapy practice in Israel.
Few internationally developed assessments of fine and gross motor function have been adequately assessed for use in Israel in a manner similar to that of the M–FUN.
When used with Israeli children, the U.S. FM and GM norm-referenced scores, as well as the criterion-referenced home, class and test participation scores, appear to be valid.
Practitioners should use caution when using the U.S. norm-referenced VM scores with Israeli children.
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