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Research Article  |   June 1984
Sequential versus Simultaneous Graphesthesia Tasks in 6- and 10-Year-Old Children
Author Affiliations
  • Colleen M. Smith, MS, OTR, is an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital, in Boston, MA 02115
  • Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College, Boston University, and a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, in Boston, MA 02115
  • David L. Nelson, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, in Boston, MA 02115
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Research Article   |   June 1984
Sequential versus Simultaneous Graphesthesia Tasks in 6- and 10-Year-Old Children
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1984, Vol. 38, 377-381. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.6.377
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1984, Vol. 38, 377-381. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.6.377
Abstract

Reported in the statistics of the Southern California Graphesthesia Test are significant sex differences for certain young age groups, with females scoring higher than males. In contrast, another study has reported that adult males scored higher than females on the same test.

The purpose of this study was to examine the interaction between sex and age and to investigate a possible explanation for this interaction. Sixty-four normal children between the ages of 6.0 and 7.0 years, and 10.0 and 11.0 years were administered two graphesthesia tasks. One task was an adaptation of the Graphesthesia Test of the Southern California Sensory Integration Test (SCSIT). In this task, shapes were drawn sequentially on the palmar surface of the child’s hand. A second task was devised whereby each of the same shapes was presented in a simultaneous manner, that is, the entire outline of each shape was pressed onto the palmar surface of the child’s hand. Results indicated that for both tasks, younger boys performed relatively less ably than girls, but older boys equalled or surpassed the girls. At a level approaching significance, females scored relatively higher than males on the sequential task, and males scored relatively higher than females on the simultaneous task. However, this tendency toward an interaction between sex and the type of task does not fully explain the interaction between sex and age on graphesthesia tasks.