Barkley Functional Impairment Scale--Children and Adolescents (BFIS-CA)

Barkley Functional Impairment Scale--Children and Adolescents (BFIS-CA)

by Russell A. Barkley PhD, ABPP, ABCN

Paperback((Wire-Bound Paperback))



To diagnose a mental disorder or make a disability determination, clinicians must assess functional impairment--not just the presence of symptoms. Meeting a key need, the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale--Children and Adolescents (BFIS-CA) is an empirically based, norm-referenced tool that exceeds other available scales in its comprehensive coverage of domains of psychosocial impairment. The BFIS-CA is designed to obtain parent reports on possible impairment in 15 different domains of everyday activities for children and teens. The scale typically takes a parent 5-7 minutes to complete. Also included is a follow-up parent interview form for obtaining more information about specific problem areas. Complete instructions for scoring and interpreting the scale are provided.

What does it do?: Assesses psychosocial impairments in 15 domains of major life activities.
Age Range: 6-17
Administration Time: 5-7 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 Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale--Children and Adolescents (BDEFS-CA) and the Barkley Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Scale--Children and Adolescents (BSCTS-CA).​

Includes Permission to Photocopy
Enhancing the convenience and value of the BFIS-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: 9781462503957
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Edition description: (Wire-Bound Paperback)
Pages: 166
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. Defining Psychosocial Impairment
2. Development of the BFIS-CA
3. Factor Analysis, Scale Construction, and Item Frequencies
4. Relationship of BFIS-CA Scores to Demographic Factors in the Normative Sample
5. Reliability
6. Validity
7. Relationship of BFIS-CA Scores to Disorders
8. Relationship of BFIS-CA Scores to Treatments
9. Scoring and Interpretation of the BFIS-CA Forms
Appendix: BFIS-CA Forms, Score Sheet, and Impairment Profiles
BFIS-CA Parent Rating Scale
BFIS-CA Parent Interview
BFIS-CA Score Sheet
BFIS-CA Impairment Profile (Ages 6–11, Males Only)
BFIS-CA Impairment Profile (Ages 12–17, Males Only)
BFIS-CA Impairment Profile (Ages 6–11, Females Only)
BFIS-CA Impairment Profile (Ages 12–17, Females Only)


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

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