Gender and Occupation on Fine Motor Skill among Infants Aged 6-11 Months

Catur Retno Lestari


Study Program of Biomedical Science, Universitas IVET Semarang



Background: After birth, the growth and growth of boys will tend to be faster than girls and will last until a certain moment. This is affected by testosterone, a hormone that is higher in male babies than in female babies. The employment status of mothers may affect the role and presence of mothers in stimulating children to achieve motor development according to their age. Working mothers can have a negative or positive influence on the development of children. The negative impact of working mothers is that the presence of the mother in the child’s daily life is lower than that of the mother who is not working, so that the mother can provide motivation and stimulation. This study aimed to determine the gender and occupation relationship on fine motor skill among infants aged 6-11 months.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross-sectional study of 284 infants aged 6-11 months. This study was carried out in eight community health centres in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta. The dependent variable was fine motor skill. The independent variable was gender. Data on fine motoric development were based on the results of the pre-screening development questionnaire. Other data were collected from interview and questionnaire. Data were analyze using the Chi-square test.

Results: There was a significant relationship between gender and fine motor development among infants aged 6-11 months.

Conclusion: Gender is proven to have a significant relationship with fine motor development among infants aged 6-11 months.

Keywords: gender, fine motor development, infant

Correspondence: Catur Retno Lestari. Study Program of Biomedical Science, Universitas IVET Semarang. Email:


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