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Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function®–Adult Version

Robert M. Roth, PhD, Peter K. Isquith, PhD, Gerard A. Gioia, PhD

Assesses adult executive functioning/self-regulation
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software, E-Manual
Age range:
18 years to 90 years
10–15 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 BRIEF-A is a standardized 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.

Features and benefits

  • Based on the original BRIEF, the BRIEF-A includes 75 items within nine nonoverlapping theoretically and empirically derived clinical scales: Inhibit, Self-Monitor, Plan/Organize, Shift, Initiate, Task Monitor, Emotional Control, Working Memory, and Organization of Materials.
  • Useful for 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, dementias, and schizophrenia.

Test structure

Two broad indexes (Behavioral Regulation and Metacognition), an overall summary score, and three validity scales (Negativity, Inconsistency, and Infrequency) are included.

Technical information

  • Normative sample included 1,136 adults from a wide range of racial/ethnic backgrounds, educational backgrounds, and geographic regions. 
  • Profiles for diagnostic groups, including ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, are presented.
  • Demonstrates 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.

Available in Spanish

BRIEF-A Self-Report and Informant forms have been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses English norms only.

Software download available

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.