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Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function®–Preschool Version

Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, Kimberly Andrews Espy, PhD, and Peter K. Isquith, PhD

Assesses executive functioning in preschool-aged children
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual, Download
Age range:
2 years to 5 years, 11 months
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

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The BRIEF-P is the first standardized rating scale designed to specifically measure the range of executive function in preschool-aged children.

Features and benefits

  • Measures multiple aspects of executive functioning; scales include Inhibit, Shift, Emotional Control, Working Memory, and Plan/Organize.
  • Useful in assessing preschool-aged children with such medical, acquired neurological, and developmental conditions as prematurity, emerging learning disabilities and attention disorders, language disorders, traumatic brain injuries, lead exposure, and pervasive developmental disorders/autism.

Test structure

  • A single rating form allows parents, teachers, and day care providers to rate a child’s executive functions within the context of his or her everyday environments—home and preschool.
  • Three broad indexes (Inhibitory Self-Control, Flexibility, and Emergent Metacognition), one composite score, and two validity scales (Inconsistency and Negativity) are provided.

Technical information

  • Normative data are based on child ratings from 460 parents and 302 teachers from urban, suburban, and rural areas, reflecting 1999 U.S. Census estimates for race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and age.
  • Clinical samples included children with ADHD, prematurity, language disorders, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as a mixed clinical group.
  • Demonstrates high internal consistency reliability (.80–.95 for the parent sample and .90–.97 for the teacher sample) and moderate test-retest reliability (.78–.90 for the parent sample and .64–.94 for the teacher sample).
  • Demonstrates convergent and discriminant validity with other measures of inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, depression, atypicality, anxiety, and somatic complaints.

Available in Spanish

BRIEF-P Rating Forms have been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses English norms only.

Software download available

The BRIEF-P SP is used to score and generate reports for the BRIEF-P exclusively. After hand-entry of an individual’s item or scale raw scores, the program generates normative scores for Interpretive Reports, Feedback Reports, and Protocol Summary Reports. The comprehensive Interpretive Report saves valuable clinician report-writing time, and the Feedback Report, written with the client’s family, teacher, and/or care provider in mind, provides a basic overview of the client’s BRIEF-P test results.