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Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function®, Second Edition

Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, Peter K. Isquith, PhD, Steven C. Guy, PhD, and Lauren Kenworthy, PhD

Assesses impairment of executive function
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
5 years to 18 years
10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The gold-standard rating form for executive function testing! The BRIEF2 is as efficient, comprehensive, and consistent with current models of executive function as its predecessor but now includes quick screening forms and enhanced features. More than 1,000 peer-reviewed articles about the BRIEF family of products have been published.

Learn more about how the BRIEF2 helps you develop appropriate and effective special education interventions in our new infographic!  Click the Resources tab above or here to view or download.

The BRIEF2 ADHD Form uses scores from BRIEF2 Parent and/or Teacher Forms and classification statistics within an evidence-based approach to predict likelihood of ADHD and determine subtype. Also available on PARiConnect!

Features and benefits

  • Parent, Teacher, and Self-Report forms (for ages 11-18 years) are now discussed in one manual.
  • Contains more concise scales, which reduces the burden on the parent, teacher, and adolescent respondent.
  • Features increased sensitivity to executive function problems in key clinical groups such as ADHD and ASD.
  • Updated! BRIEF2 Parent and Self Feedback reports, intended to be given to the individuals, offer insight on executive functioning. These PARiConnect reports have been updated to reflect a lower reading level.
  • New 12-item Parent, Teacher, and Self-Report (for ages 11-18 years) screening forms quickly indicate whether further executive function assessment is needed. Qualification level: S. Learn more about the BRIEF2 Screening Forms.

Test structure

  • Improved empirical scale structure includes separate Task-Monitor and Self-Monitor scales.
  • Improved internal structure, with scales supported by factor analysis and three indexes consistent with widely accepted theory: Behavior Regulation, Emotion Regulation, and Cognitive Regulation.
  • Includes two validity indicators from the original BRIEF and a new Infrequency scale to identify unusual responding.
  • No new items were added to the clinical scales.

Technical information

  • Standardization sample (N = 3,603 total ratings) is matched by age, gender, ethnicity, and parent education level to U.S. Census statistics.
  • Clinical data provide support for evidence-based assessment and interpretation of clinical profiles.
  • New reliable change statistics make it easy to measure the significance of change in scores over time.

The new BRIEF2 Interpretive Guide facilitates use of the BRIEF2 and assists practitioners as they assess, plan interventions for, and monitor students with executive function.

Available in Spanish

BRIEF2 Parent and Self-Report forms have been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses English norms only. 

Not sure which BRIEF2 items to purchase? Open our handy decision guide!

White paper available! A white paper on identifying emotional disturbance using PAR products, including the BRIEF2, is now available. Click the Resources tab above or here to view or download.

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