Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function - Ages 5-18 (BRIEF)

Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function - Ages 5-18 (BRIEF)

Quick Overview

Did you know that BRIEF2 is now available? You can find information, kit and components here.

The BRIEF™ consists of two rating forms—a parent questionnaire and a teacher questionnaire—designed to assess executive functioning in the home and school environments. It is used to evaluate children with a wide spectrum of developmental and acquired neurological conditions, such as:

  • Learning disabilities

  • Tourette's disorder

  • Low birth weight

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

  • Pervasive developmental disorders/autism

Product Description

Each BRIEF questionnaire contains 86 items in eight non-overlapping clinical scales and two validity scales. The validity scales measure Negativity and Inconsistency of responses.

These theoretically and statistically derived scales form two broader Indexes: Behavioural Regulation (three scales) and Metacognition (five scales), as well as a Global Executive Composite score. Factor analytic studies and structural equation modeling provide support for the two-factor model of executive functioning as encompassed by the two Indexes.

Software option

The BRIEF-SP provides unlimited scoring and report generation for the BRIEF® Parent Form, the BRIEF Teacher Form, the BRIEF®-SR, and now the BRIEF®-P. After administration of one or any combination of these four protocols, item responses or scale raw scores are hand-entered into a new or an existing client file. The software scores the protocol(s) and generates the selected report(s): a comprehensive Interpretive Report for the clinician; a Feedback Report that can be used to provide a summary of results to parents, teachers, care providers, and/or the individual him or herself; and/or a Protocol Summary Report that allows for comparison of up to four different administrations of either the BRIEF, BRIEF-SR or BRIEF-P.

The BRIEF-SP Interpretive Report includes T-scores and percentiles based on separate normative tables for four developmental age groups of children ages 5-18 years (for the BRIEF) by gender, for four developmental age groups of adolescents ages 11-18 (for the BRIEF-SR) years by gender, and for preschool-aged children (2-5.11 years) by age and gender. The optional intervention recommendations for the BRIEF and the BRIEF-SR include more than 140 suggestions for modifications and supports organised by area of executive difficulty and environment (e.g. educational, rehabilitative, therapeutic) for child and youth-centred intervention methods. These recommendations include an optional IEP/504 section that offers possible goals and objectives for school-based programmes. The BRIEF Interpretive Report also offers an optional ADHD diagnostic classification section based on the youth's Working Memory and Inhibit scale scores. For the BRIEF-P, more than 100 support and intervention recommendations are suggested based on noted executive function difficulties.

The BRIEF-SP Feedback Report provides a basic overview of the BRIEF, the BRIEF-SR, and/or the BRIEF-P. The BRIEF Feedback Reports (i.e. Parent, Teacher) are written with the youth's parent or teacher in mind, the BRIEF-SR Feedback Report is written with the adolescent who was tested in mind, and the BRIEF-P is written with the child's parents/caregivers, care provider or other family member in mind.

The BRIEF-SP also generates a Protocol Summary Report for the BRIEF, the BRIEF-SR, and the BRIEF-P. The Protocol Summary Report provides tables with score information and a profile for graphing up to four protocols for the same client. 

Key Features:
  • Powerful scoring and interpretive logive generates T-score profiles and incorporates interpretation of the eight clinical scales and two validity scales for the BRIEF, and the eight clinical scales, two sub-scales, and two validity scalies for the BRIEF-SR within the context of the two indexes - Metacognition and Behavioral Regulation - as well as the overarching Global Executive Composite. For the BRIEF-P, the software generates T-score profiles and incorporates interpretation of the five clinical scales and the two validity scales within the context of three indexes - Inhibitory Self-Control, Flexibility and Emergent Metacognition - along with the Global Executive Composite.

  • Unlimited scoring and report generation for the BRIEF Parent Form, the BRIEF Teacher Form, the BRIEF-SR Form and the BRIEF-P Form after hand entry of an individual's item response or scale raw scores from the paper and pencil form(s).

  • All reports can be edited easily onscreen to incorporate additional clinical information and edit interpretive statements.

  • User-friendly system functionality includes program navigational tools, file handling, report editing, Tooltips and data export (for research applications).

Requirements: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™; NTFS file system; CD-ROM drive for installation; Internet connection or telephone for software activation

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Authors: Gerard A. Gioia, PhD, Peter K. Isquith, PhD, Steven C. Guy, PhD & Lauren Kenworthy, PhD.
Duration: 10 to 15 minutes to administer, 15 to 20 minutes to score.
Languages: English.
Norms: Based on US child ratings from 1419 parents and 720 teachers from rural, urban and suburban areas.
Suitable For: 5 to 18 years.
Used For: Assessing impairment of executive functioning.
Qualification Levels: Level 2
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  • Internal consistency coefficients (alphas) range from .80-.98
  • Test-retest reliability is .82 for parents and .88 for teachers with moderate correlations between teacher and parent ratings (.32-.34).


Convergent validity was established with other measures of inattention, impulsivity, and learning skills. Divergent validity was demonstrated against measures of emotional and behavioural functioning. Working Memory and Inhibit scales differentiate among ADHD sub-types.

Available Products
Code Product Name Price Pack Qty
5512103 BRIEF Parent Form Questionnaire
25 - +
5512106 BRIEF Teacher Form Questionnaire
25 - +
5512109 BRIEF Parent Form Scoring Summary/Profile Forms
50 - +
5512112 BRIEF Teacher Form Scoring Summary/Profile Forms
50 - +
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