Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale--Children and Adolescents (BDEFS-CA)

Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale--Children and Adolescents (BDEFS-CA)

by Russell A. Barkley PhD, ABPP, ABCN

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The Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale--Children and Adolescents (BDEFS-CA) is an empirically based tool for evaluating clinically significant dimensions of child and adolescent executive functioning. Evidence indicates that the BDEFS-CA is far more predictive of impairments in daily life activities than more time-consuming and costly traditional EF tests. The BDEFS-CA offers an ecologically valid snapshot of the capacities involved in time management, organization and problem solving, self-restraint, self-motivation, and self-regulation of emotions. Two parent-report forms are included: a long form (10-15 minutes) and a short form (3-5 minutes). There is also a short clinical interview form based on the short-form rating scale, for use in unusual circumstances where a parent is unable to complete a rating scale. Special features include an ADHD risk index in the long form. Complete instructions for scoring and interpreting the scale are provided.

What does it do?: Provides an ecologically valid assessment of executive functioning deficits in daily life activities.
Age Range: 6-17
Administration Time: Long Form: 10-15 minutes. Short Form: 3-5 minutes.
Format: Parent-report rating scale.
Cost of Additional Forms: No cost--purchasers get permission to reproduce the forms and score sheets for repeated use.

See also the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale--Children and Adolescents (BFIS-CA) and the Barkley Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Scale--Children and Adolescents (BSCTS-CA). Also available: Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults) and Barkley's authoritative book on EF development and deficits, Executive Functions.

Includes Permission to Photocopy
Enhancing the convenience and value of the BDEFS-CA, the limited photocopy license allows purchasers to reproduce the forms and score sheets and yields considerable cost savings over other available scales. The large format and sturdy wire binding facilitate photocopying.

Age range: 6-17.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462503940
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Edition description: (Wire-Bound Paperback)
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 1,236,710
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 6 - 17 Years

About the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 280 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is

Table of Contents

1. Executive Functioning in Children
2. Development of the BDEFS-CA
3. Normative Sample
4. Factor Analysis, Scale Construction, and Item Frequencies
5. Relationship of BDEFS-CA Scores to Demographic Factors in the Normative Sample
6. Reliability
7. Validity
8. Relationship of BDEFS-CA Scores to Impairment
9. Scoring and Interpretation of the BDEFS-CA Forms
Appendix: BDEFS-CA Forms, Interview, and EF Profiles
BDEFS-CA Long Form
BDEFS-CA Short Form
BDEFS-CA Interview
BDEFS-CA Long Form EF Profile (Ages 6–11, Males Only)
BDEFS-CA Long Form EF Profile (Ages 12–17, Males Only)
BDEFS-CA Long Form EF Profile (Ages 6–11, Females Only)
BDEFS-CA Long Form EF Profile (Ages 12–17, Females Only)
BDEFS-CA Short Form EF Profile (All Ages and Both Sexes)


Child clinical, forensic, and school psychologists; neuropsychologists; social workers; psychiatrists; psychopathology researchers.

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