Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Department

Physical Therapy

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the concurrent validity of the Timed Up and Go (TUG) as an assessment of functional mobility in the pediatric population. The TUG scores were correlated with the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). Eighteen subjects with a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities, aged 6 to 7 years, were recruited. A one-tailed Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient was used to analyze the scores. A weak inverse relationship between the TUG and PEDI scores (rs = -0.386, p = 0.075) was found when the scores from all participants were analyzed. A moderate inverse relationship was shown when the physically challenged individual scores were run separately (rs =-0.523, p = 0.027). Generalizations cannot be made regarding the use of the TUG with the pediatric population due to the small sample size of this study. Further research is necessary to investigate the validity of using the TUG to measure functional mobility in the pediatric population.

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