The Elaborated Environmental Stress Hypothesis as a Framework for Understanding the Association Between Motor Skills and Internalizing Problems: A Mini-Review.
MetadataShow full item record
Poor motor skills have been shown to be associated with a range of psychosocial issues, including internalizing problems (anxiety and depression). While well-documented empirically, our understanding of why this relationship occurs remains theoretically underdeveloped. The Elaborated Environmental Stress Hypothesis by Cairney et al. (2013) provides a promising framework that seeks to explain the association between motor skills and internalizing problems, specifically in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The framework posits that poor motor skills predispose the development of internalizing problems via interactions with intermediary environmental stressors. At the time the model was proposed, limited direct evidence was available to support or refute the framework. Several studies and developments related to the framework have since been published. This mini-review seeks to provide an up-to-date overview of recent developments related to the Elaborated Environmental Stress Hypothesis. We briefly discuss the past research that led to its development, before moving to studies that have investigated the framework since it was proposed. While originally developed within the context of DCD in childhood, recent developments have found support for the model in community samples. Through the reviewed literature, this article provides support for the Elaborated Environmental Stress Hypothesis as a promising theoretical framework that explains the psychosocial correlates across the broader spectrum of motor ability. However, given its recent conceptualization, ongoing evaluation of the Elaborated Environmental Stress Hypothesis is recommended.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The relationship between motor skills, perceived self-competence, peer problems and internalizing problems in a community sample of childrenMancini, Vincent; Rigoli, Daniela; Roberts, Lynne; Heritage, B.; Piek, Jan (2017)Poor motor skills have been associated with a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal difficulties, including poor self-competence, peer problems, and internalizing problems such as anxiety and depression. The Elaborated ...
The Relationship between Motor Skills, Perceived Social Support, and Internalizing Problems in a Community Adolescent SampleMancini, Vincent; Rigoli, Daniela; Heritage, B.; Roberts, Lynne; Piek, Jan (2016)Objectives: Poor motor skills are associated with a range of psychosocial consequences, including internalizing (anxious and depressive) symptoms. The Elaborated Environmental Stress Hypothesis provides a causal framework ...
The relationship between motor skills and psychosocial factors in young children: A test of the elaborated environmental stress hypothesisMancini, Vincent; Rigoli, Daniela; Roberts, Lynne; Heritage, B.; Piek, Jan (2017)© 2017 The British Psychological Society. Background: The elaborated environmental stress hypothesis (EESH) provides a framework that describes how motor skills may indirectly cause internalizing problems through various ...