The Correlation between Activity Ability and Participation in Children with Cerebral Palsy

뇌성마비 아동의 활동 능력과 참여 사이의 상관관계

  • 김지영 (부산성모병원 재활의학과 작업치료실) ;
  • 김훈주 (동주대학교 작업치료과) ;
  • 안선정 (인제대학교 의생명공학대학 작업치료학과) ;
  • 감경윤 (인제대학교 의생명공학대학 작업치료학과)
  • Received : 2011.10.25
  • Accepted : 2012.01.05
  • Published : 2012.01.31


This study was performed to search for correlation between activity limitation level and participation restriction of children with cerebral palsy by investigating the activity limitation level through the use of the GMFCS E&R and the MACS and by figuring out participation restriction level through questionnaire survey. This study was performed, from May 1, 2010 to August 31, 2010, on 152 children with cerebral palsy ranging from 4 to 12 years, who are receiving rehabilitation therapy in the hospitals and community clinics in Busan and Gyeongnam province. The levels of activity limitation were assessed by using GMFCS E&R and MACS, and a questionnaire survey was conducted for participation restriction of the participating children. Spearman rank correlation was used for correlation analysis with the statistical software, SPSS 12.0. Majority of the children scored level 5 in both GMFCS E&R and MACS which is high frequency of activity limitation levels. Children in these levels also showed severe or complete participation restriction for mobility, education, and social relations. The analysis showed a significantly positive correlation between activity limitation level and participation restriction. Therefore this study may be useful in assessing the functional movement component of participation in children with cerebral palsy and developing the intervention plan for participation.


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