Protocol - Executive Function - Questionnaire - Preschool Children

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The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool® (BRIEF-P®) is a standardized rating scale designed to specifically measure the range of executive function in preschool-aged children. The BRIEF® is completed by parents and teachers and is a proprietary instrument available online from PAR® at http://www4.parinc.com/.

Specific Instructions

The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool® (BRIEF-P®) is a proprietary instrument and administration requires a license from PAR, Inc.


Limited Availability


The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool® (BRIEF-P®) measures multiple aspects of executive functioning; scales include:

  • Inhibit,
  • Shift,
  • Emotional Control,
  • Working Memory, and
  • Plan/Organize.

Three broad indexes (Inhibitory Self-Control, Flexibility, and Emergent Metacognition), one composite score, and two validity scales (Inconsistency and Negativity) are provided.

The BRIEF-P® is available in English and in Spanish and is useful when working with individuals who have learning disabilities and attention disorders, depression, traumatic brain injuries, pervasive developmental disorders, lead exposure, and other developmental, psychiatric, neurological, and medical conditions.

The BRIEF-P® is a proprietary instrument and is available online from PAR® at www4.parinc.com. A fee is associated with the BRIEF-P® and is dependent upon various factors, such as if the BRIEF-P® is purchased as a kit (i.e., questionnaires, manuals, and scoring forms) or in individual components.

Personnel and Training Required

According to the PAR, Inc., website, administration of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool® (BRIEF-P®) requires "a degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, 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."

Equipment Needs


Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Proxy-administered questionnaire


Toddler, Child


Children, aged 2-5 years old

Selection Rationale

The Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial External Review Panel selected the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool® (BRIEF-P®) because it is a well-validated, widely used instrument.


English, Other languages available at source

Human Phenotype Ontology Abnormality of higher mental function HP:0011446 HPO
Derived Variables


Process and Review

Expert Review Panel 4 (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.

Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:

  • Added new measure
  • Added new protocol
  • Created new Data Dictionary

Protocol Name from Source

The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function® (BRIEF®) - Preschool


The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Preschool® (BRIEF-P®) is proprietary instrument and can be obtained through:

PAR, Inc.
16204 North Florida Avenue
Lutz, FL 33549
Customer Support: 800.331.8378
website: www4.parinc.com

General References

Berg, C., Edwards, D. F., & King, A. (2012). Executive function performance on the children’s kitchen task assessment with children with sickle cell disease and matched controls. Child Neuropsychology, 18(5), 432-448.

Gioia, G. A., Isquith, P. K., Guy, S. C., & Kenworthy, L. (2000). Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function. Child Neuropsychology, 6(3), 235-238.

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.

Hensler, M., Wolfe, K., Lebensburger, J., Nieman, J., Barnes, M., Nolan, W., King, A., & Madan-Swain, A. (2014). Social skills and executive function among youth with sickle cell disease: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(4), 493-500.

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Measure Name

Executive Function - Questionnaire

Release Date

November 28, 2017


An interviewer-administered questionnaire to measure a respondent’s system of high-level cognitive functions such as abstract thinking, rule acquisition, cognitive flexibility, and goal-oriented behavior.


This measure can be used to screen for 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.


Neurology, sickle cell disease, SCD, cognition, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, aging, proprietary, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, gerontology, aging, geriatrics

Measure Protocols
Protocol ID Protocol Name
131501 Executive Function - Questionnaire - Adult
131502 Executive Function - Questionnaire - Children
131503 Executive Function - Questionnaire - Preschool Children

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