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The Gravitational Insecurity (GI) Assessment

The GI Assessment consists of 9 activities that create conditions characterized as fear-inducing for children with gravitational insecurity. Two behavioral categories—avoidance/emotional and postural responses—were scored for each activity. Gravitational insecurity is defined as an abnormal, excessive display of emotion characterized by fear or anxiety when engaged in an activity involving (a) a change in head position; (b) movement onto a raised or unstable surface; (c) movement through space; or (d) disorienting, or lack of, visual stimuli. Discriminant analysis classified 83% of the gravitationally insecure group and 100% of the typical group. Interrater reliability for the total test was .79. Performance of preschool children suggested a developmental age trend.

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