Performance Relationship Between Parents and Their Offspring on a Tapping Task

Publication Date


Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies



Major Advisor

Bill Kozar


Ross E. Vaughn


Sherm G. Button


The purpose of this study was to identify the performance relationship between parents and their offspring age, 11 to 18, on a tapping task. It was hypothesized that (1) parent's performance will not be significantly different from mature offspring's performance, (2) the performance relationships in a rapid tapping task between offspring and their parents will increase as offspring's chronological age increases, (3) the correlation coefficient will be higher in non-dominant hand because of relatively less environmental impact than in dominant hand. A total of 42 pairs of children and their biological parents (22 pairs of father and son, and 20 pairs of mother and daughter) participated in this study. They were divided into 4 age groups according to children's age (11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 years old). A two within (hand and plate) by three between (gender, age group, and relationship) repeated measures ANOVA was used to compare the groups. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used to identify the relationship between parents and their children. Results indicated that children's performance increased as they age and eventually showed no significant difference form parents' performance at age 17-18 years. In the lower two age groups overall performance relationships showed no significance between each pair. In the higher two age groups the overall performance significantly related between each pair, which is supportive of the second hypothesis. The results were not supportive of the third hypothesis.

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