Movement Disorder-Childhood Rating Scale: Reliability and Validity

Roberta Battini, Giuseppina Sgandurra, Elisa Petacchi, Andrea Guzzetta, Roberta Di Pietro, Maria T. Giannini, Vincenzo Leuzzi, Eugenio Mercuri, Giovanni Cioni

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A new scale for children and adolescents aged 4-18 years, called the Movement Disorder Childhood Rating Scale, was designed to: (1) describe clinical features of different types of movement disorders; (2) evaluate the intensity of movement disorders in different body regions at rest and during specific tasks; and (3) assess the influence of movement disorders on motor function and daily living activities. The scale is divided into 2 parts: Part I for general assessment, and Part II for movement-disorder severity. It includes a 20-minute standardized video protocol of all items. The scale was applied to 61 patients with different types of movement disorder, and was independently scored by 3 observers. Reliability, construct validity, and consistency indexes are reported. High interrater agreement on each item, and a high degree of internal consistency on several proposed items, were evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology


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