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Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF)

Author(s): Gerard A. Gioia, Peter K. Isquith, Steven C. Guy and Lauren Kenworthy
Publisher: PAR, 2000
SKU code: PG_BRE


Purpose: To assess the impairment of executive function

Candidates: Ages 5 to 18

Administration: 10 to 15 minutes

Please note: The BRIEF2, with a new Screening Version, was released in 2015. New customers must purchase the BRIEF2 - Find out more about the BRIEF2.

The Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) consists of two rating forms — a parent questionnaire and a teacher questionnaire — designed to assess executive functioning in the home and school environments. The BRIEF is useful in evaluating children with a wide spectrum of developmental and acquired neurological conditions, such as:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Low birth weight
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Tourette's disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Pervasive developmental disorders/autism

Each BRIEF questionnaire contains 86 items in eight non-overlapping clinical scales and two validity scales. These theoretically and statistically derived scales form two broader Indexes: Behavioural Regulation (three scales: Inhibit, Shift, Emotional Control) and Metacognition (five scales: Initiate, Working Memory, Plan/Organise, Organisation of Materials, Monitor), as well as a Global Executive Composite score.


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Author(s): Gerard A. Gioia, Peter K. Isquith, Steven C. Guy and Lauren Kenworthy