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Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function - Adult Version (BRIEF-A)
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Supplemental – Highly Recommended: Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Short Description of Instrument
BRIEF-A is completed by the subject being tested as well as an informant. It is designed to measure an adult's self-view and captures important observer information for a comprehensive picture of the rated individual's executive functioning. This test is composed of 75 different items. It yields nine non-overlapping theoretically and empirically derived clinical scales, each of which reflects a specific aspect of executive functioning (Inhibit, Shift, Emotional Control, Initiate, Task Monitor, Self-Monitor, Plan/Organize, Working Memory, and Organization of Materials). Two broad indexes (Behavioral Regulation and Metacognition), an overall summary score, and three validity scales (Negativity, Inconsistency, and Infrequency) are included.
Comments/Special Instructions
Age Range: 18–90 years old
Admin: Self and Informant Report; Individual or Group
Administration Time: 10–15 minutes to administer; 15–20 minutes to score
Other Languages: Spanish language test versions are available from the publisher.
Scale Scores: Inhibit, Self-Monitor, Plan/Organize, Shift, Initiate, Task Monitor, Emotional Control, Working Memory, and Organization of Materials.
Composite Scores: The two broad composites may also be used
(Behavioral Regulation Index (BRI); Metacognition Index (MI)). The nine non-overlapping clinical scales may also be of interest to researchers.
Additional Scores: Negativity, Inconsistency, and Infrequency.
"T scores (M= 50, SD= 10) are used to interpret the individual's level of executive functioning on the BRIEF-A. Traditionally,T scores at or above 65 are considered clinically significant." (Gioia et al., 2006)
The BRIEF-A captures views of an adult's executive functions or self-regulation in his/her everyday environment. It is a valuable screening instrument because it has been shown to be selectively sensitive to disorders of executive functions that influence cognitive skills and behaviors (Rabin et al., 2006)
Gioia G, Isquith P, Roth R. (2006). Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function®-Adult Version (BRIEF®-A) [Internet]. Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. 2006 [cited 21 June 2016]. Available from: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc: Lutz, FL.
LØvstad M, Sigurdardottir S, Andersson S, Grane VA, Moberget T, Stubberud J, Solbakk AK. Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function Adult Version in Patients with Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Conditions: Symptom Levels and Relationship to Emotional Distress. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2016;22(6):682-694.
Rabin LA, Roth RM, Isquith PK, Wishart HA, Nutter-Uphama KE, Pare N, Saykin AJ. (2006). Self- and informant reports of executive function on the BRIEF-A in MCI and older adults with cognitive complaints. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2006;21:721-732.


Document last updated July 2019