Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function – Adult Version [BRIEF-A]

Assess adult executive functioning/self-regulation

For Ages: 18 – 90 years
Administration Type: Parent, Teacher (adolescents ages 5 – 18 years) and Self-Report (11 – 18 years)
Administration Time: 10 – 15 minutes to score
Format & Scoring: Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect; Paper and pencil; Software
Authors: Robert M. Roth, PhD, Peter K. Isquith, PhD, Gerard A. Gioia, PhD

Manuals available in hard copy (book) or electronic version (e-Manual)

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BRIEF-A e-Manual

e-Manuals are limited to a single user and device. Available in PARiConnect online account. Please see our FAQ before ordering e-Manuals.
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BRIEF-A online Interpretive Report (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. Interpretive reports provide scores, profiles and interpretive text based on response data from an i-Admin or a paper-and-pencil assessment.
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BRIEF-A online Score Report (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. Score reports provide scores and profiles based on response data from an i-Admin or a paper-and-pencil assessment.
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BRIEF-A online i-Admin (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. i-Admins provide on-screen test administration, either in your office or remotely. Reports are purchased separately.
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BRIEF-A Manual

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BRIEF-A Informant Rating Forms (25)

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BRIEF-A Informant Report Scoring Summary/Profile Forms (25)

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BRIEF-A Self Report Forms (25)

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BRIEF-A Self Report Scoring Summary/Profile Forms (25)

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BRIEF-A Introductory Kit

BRIEF-A (Adult Version) Introductory Kit includes BRIEF-A Professional Manual, 25 Self-Report Forms, 25 Informant Report Forms, 25 Self-Report Scoring Summary/Profile forms, and 25 Informant Report Scoring Summary/Profile Forms.
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The BRIEF-A is a standardised measure that captures views of an adult’s executive functions or self-regulation in his or her everyday environment. Both a self-report and an informant report are used.

The Self-Report Form is designed to be completed by adults 18-90 years of age, including adults with a wide variety of developmental, systemic, neurological and psychiatric disorders such as attention disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, depression, mild cognitive impairment, dementia and schizophrenia.

The Informant Report Form is administered to an adult informant who is familiar with the rated individual’s everyday functioning. It may be used alone when the rated individual is unable to complete the Self-Report Form or has limited awareness of his or her own difficulties, or with the Self-Report Form to gain multiple perspectives on the individual’s functioning. When administered in conjunction with the Self-Report Form, the BRIEF-A Informant Report Form provides a clinically comprehensive picture of the individual being rated.

The BRIEF-A, based on the original Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF), is composed of 75 items within nine non-overlapping theoretically and empirically derived clinical scales that measure various aspects of executive functioning such as:

  • Inhibit
  • Self-Monitor
  • Plan/Organise
  • Shift
  • Initiate
  • Task Monitor
  • Emotional Control
  • Working Memory
  • Organisation of Materials

Test structure

The clinical scales form two broader indexes: Behavioural Regulation (BRI) and Metacognition (MI), and these indexes form the overall summary score, the Global Executive Composite (GEC). The BRIEF-A also includes three validity scales (Negativity, Inconsistency and Infrequency).

The BRIEF-A materials consist of the Professional Manual, the carbonless Self-Report Form, the carbonless Informant Report Form, the Self-Report Scoring Summary/Profile Form, and the Informant Report Scoring Summary/Profile Form. The BRIEF-A may be used in research and clinical settings by neuropsychologists, psychologists, physicians and rehabilitation professionals.

The BRIEF-A was standardised and validated for use with men and women from ages 18-90 years. The normative sample includes adults from a wide range of racial/ethnic backgrounds, educational backgrounds, as well as geographic regions that are matched to U.S. Census data (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2002).

Reliability and Validity

The BRIEF-A has demonstrated evidence of reliability, validity, and clinical utility as an ecologically sensitive measure of executive functioning in individuals with a range of conditions across a wide age range.

Software download

The BRIEF-A SP is used to score and generate interpretive reports for the BRIEF-A Self-Report and Informant Report. After hand-entry of an individual’s item or scale raw scores, the software program generates normative scores and Interpretive Reports, Feedback Reports and Protocol Summary Reports.

Online administration in PARiConnect Online account 

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