The BRIEF was developed in 2000 and assesses a student's executive functioning in the home and school. It includes parent response forms and teacher response forms. Designed to assess the abilities of a broad range of children and adolescents, the BRIEF is useful when working with children who have learning disabilities and attention disorders, traumatic brain injuries, lead exposure, pervasive developmental disorders, depression, and other developmental, neurological, psychiatric, and medical conditions. The BRIEF has eight clinical scales (Inhibit, Shift, Emotional Control, Initiate, Working Memory, Plan/Organize, Organization of Materials, Monitor) and is helpful in indicating attention disorders. The BRIEF has been adapted into 60 languages and for use from age 2-90. Recently, the BRIEF2 was created for ages 5-18. The BRIEF2 is shorter, but has no additional clinical items, allowing for consistency of data collection between the BRIEF and BRIEF2, and results can be translated from the BRIEF to the BRIEF2 to take advantage of new normative data. The BRIEF2 also has increased sensitivity for detecting ADHD and ASD.
Emotional Control, Organization
Access and Use
25 Parent or Teacher BRIEF Forms (English or Spanish)- $87
50 Parent or teacher score summary sheets- $75
Digital administration: $4/test (minimum 5)
Digital score report: $4/test (minimum 5)
Digital interpretive report: $6/test (minimum 5)
BRIEF2 Parent/Teacher/Self-Report Hand-Scored Kit for 25 - $457.
BRIEF2 Parent/Teacher/Self-Report Digital Kit for 25 - $549.
BRIEF2 Professional Manual - $134
BRIEF2 ADHD Form Professional Manual Supplement - $74
Peter K. Isquith
Mangeot, S., Armstrong, K., Colvin, A. N., Yeates, K. O., & Taylor, H. G. (2002). Long-term executive function deficits in children with traumatic brain injuries: Assessment using the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). Child Neuropsychology, 8(4), 271-284. https://doi.org/10.1076/chin.8.4.271.13503
McCandless, S., & O'Laughlin, L. (2007). The clinical utility of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) in the diagnosis of ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 10(4), 381-389. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087054706292115
Oberg, E., & Lukomski, J. (2011). Executive functioning and the impact of a hearing loss: Performance-based measures and the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). Child Neuropsychology, 17(6), 521-545. https://doi.org/10.1080/09297049.2011.555760
Roth, R. M., Isquith, P. K., & Gioia, G. A. (2014). Assessment of executive functioning using the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). Handbook of Executive Functioning (pp. 301-331). Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8106-5_18
Toplak, M. E., Bucciarelli, S. M., Jain, U., & Tannock, R. (2008). Executive functions: performance-based measures and the behavior rating inventory of executive function (BRIEF) in adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Child Neuropsychology, 15(1), 53-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/09297040802070929
Gioia, G. A., Isquith, P. K., Retzlaff, P. D., & Espy, K. A. (2002). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) in a clinical sample. Child Neuropsychology, 8(4), 249-257. https://doi.org/10.1076/chin.188.8.131.5213
Manual available for purchase.