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Research Article  |   December 1981
Adult Performance on the Southern California Kinesthesis and Tactile Perception Tests
Author Affiliations
  • Yeuhwei Tien Hsu, M.S., OTR, was a graduate student at Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, at the time this article was being prepared; presently a therapist at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C
  • David L. Nelson, Ph.D., OTR, is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of A11ied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
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Research Article   |   December 1981
Adult Performance on the Southern California Kinesthesis and Tactile Perception Tests
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1981, Vol. 35, 788-791. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.12.788
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1981, Vol. 35, 788-791. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.12.788
Abstract

Researchers and clinicians working with various adult populations have no practical, complete, reliable, and valid method of measuring the tactile and kinesthetic functions of their clients. This study gathers preliminary normative information on the performance of adults on the Southern California Kinesthesia and Tactile Tests. Fifty-one normal men and women with a mean age of 26 years were administered the Kinesthesia, Manual Form Perception, Finger Indentification, Graphesthesia, Localization of Tactile Stimuli, and Double Tactile Stimuli Tests in the order in which they were standardized. Test-retest reliability was studied in 41 of these subjects. Results indicated that the assessment of normal adults was hampered by ceiling effects and by low reliability, but that these six tests might well serve a useful function in discriminating between relatively severe dysfunction and normal function in adults. Suggestions were made toward the development of new measurement instruments specifically designed for adults.