The BRIEF-A is a standardised measure that captures views of an adult’s executive functions or self-regulation in his or her everyday environment. Two formats are used – a self-report and an informant report.
The Self-Report Form is designed to be completed by adults 18-90 years of age, including adults with 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.
The Informant Report Form is administered to an adult informant who is familiar with the rated individual’s everyday functioning. It can be used alone when the rated individual is unable to complete the Self-Report Form or has limited awareness of his or her own difficulties, or with the Self-Report Form to gain multiple perspectives on the individual’s functioning. When administered in conjunction with the Self-Report Form, the BRIEF-A Informant Report Form provides a more clinically comprehensive picture of the individual being rated.
The BRIEF-A, based on the original Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function™ (BRIEF™), is composed of 75 items within nine non-overlapping theoretically and empirically derived clinical scales that measure various aspects of executive functioning.
- Task Monitor
- Emotional Control
- Working Memory
- Organization of Materials
The clinical scales form two broader indexes: Behavioral Regulation (BRI) and Metacognition (MI), and these indexes form the overall summary score, the Global Executive Composite (GEC). The BRIEF-A also includes three validity scales (Negativity, Inconsistency, and Infrequency).
The BRIEF-A materials consist of the Professional Manual, the carbonless Self-Report Form, the carbonless Informant Report Form, the Self-Report Scoring Summary/Profile Form, and the Informant Report Scoring Summary/Profile Form. The BRIEF-A can be used in research and clinical settings by neuropsychologists, psychologists, physicians, and rehabilitation professionals.