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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1982 Jun;63(6):269-71.

Hand function related to age and sex.


After adapting Jebssen's Test of Hand Function to Australian conditions, this study investigated his claim of no significant difference in hand performance among participants younger than 60 years, and determined whether age might be a factor when associated with sex. The method was to test 383 subjects of both sexes in 6 age groups. A 2-factor analysis with age and sex as factors yielded significant differences (p less than 0.01) for "grip strength" "manipulating small objects," and "moving large heavy objects," and indications of significance (p less than 0.05) for "card turning" and "moving large light objects." The sex factor showed males to be significantly better "grip strength," in "moving large heavy objects," and "large light objects," except in the 66-99 age interval where females were significantly better on teh last 2 variables. Females performed better on "writing" and were generally better in "manipulating small objects." These results suggest that the one set of norms given by Jebsen for 60 years and less for each sex, should be replaced by 5 or more, even though the differences were quite small when standard deviations were considered.

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