Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults)

Overview

The Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS) is an empirically based tool for evaluating dimensions of adult executive functioning in daily life. Evidence indicates that the BDEFS is far more predictive of impairments in major life activities than more time-consuming and costly traditional EF tests. The BDEFS 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. ...

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Overview

The Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS) is an empirically based tool for evaluating dimensions of adult executive functioning in daily life. Evidence indicates that the BDEFS is far more predictive of impairments in major life activities than more time-consuming and costly traditional EF tests. The BDEFS 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. Provided are both self- and other-reports in a long form (15–20 minutes) and a short form (4–5 minutes). Special features include an adult ADHD risk index in the long form.

Includes Permission to Photocopy

Enhancing the convenience and value of the BDEFS, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

ADDitude Magazine

"Reliable, empirically based, and convenient to use for clinicians. Allow[s] a doctor to quantify behaviors that can't be readily observed in the clinic."--ADDitude Magazine
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"The BDEFS is a much-needed, clinically relevant tool. This exceptionally well-written manual includes a detailed description of the scale's development, psychometric properties and norms, scoring, and clinical interpretation, as well as the forms themselves. The limited photocopy license clearly enhances the clinical utility of the BDEFS. All professionals responsible for assessing and understanding adults suffering the burden of executive dysfunction will find this scale highly useful and beneficial."--Rosemary Tannock, PhD, Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; Department of Medicine, University of Toronto; and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada "Barkley has created a rating scale that is quick and easy to administer and score. The BDEFS provides valuable information regarding specific executive functioning deficits, including those found in ADHD. This scale does what a good assessment instrument should: not only does it answer questions regarding diagnosis, but it also helps clinicians identify target skills and behaviors for intervention."--Peg Dawson, EdD, Center for Learning and Attention Disorders, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

"The BDEFS ushers in an era of more specific and comprehensive behavioral assessment of executive functioning difficulties encountered by adults during major functional activities. The scales are well designed to be both clinician and patient friendly. The content is broader than other available scales and the normative observations are carefully derived and extensive. Behavioral items are focused around common daily activities rather than clinical symptoms, and thus can be applied in a variety of settings. The combination of self- and other-report forms, as well as long and short forms, provides depth and flexibility. This scale is a powerful complement to traditional executive function tests."/m-/Paul J. Eslinger, PhD, Department of Neurology, Penn State University Milton Hershey Medical Center

ADDitude Magazine
Reliable, empirically based, and convenient to use for clinicians. Allow[s] a doctor to quantify behaviors that can't be readily observed in the clinic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606239346
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/18/2011
  • Edition description: Wire-Bound Paperback
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and more than 260 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. Dr. Barkley is well known for his pioneering research on ADHD in both children and adults. His rating scales are based on more than 16 years of research using prototypes of the scales, and are normed on large samples representative of the U.S. population. Dr. Barkley's latest book is Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved. His website is www.russellbarkley.org.
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Table of Contents

1. Executive Functioning
2. Development of the BDEFS
3. Normative Sample
4. Factor Analysis, Scale Construction, and Item Frequencies
5. Relationship of BDEFS Scores to Demographic Factors in the Normative Sample
6. Reliability
7. Validity
8. Scoring and Interpretation of the BDEFS Forms
Appendix. BDEFS Forms and Score Sheets
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report
·     BDEFS-LF: Other-Report
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 18–34, Males Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 18–34, Females Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 18–34, Males and Females Combined)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 35–49, Males Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 35–49, Females Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 35–49, Males and Females Combined)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 50–64, Males Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 50–64, Females Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 50–64, Males and Females Combined)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 65–81, Males Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 65–81, Females Only)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Raw Scores (Ages 65–81, Males and Females Combined)
·     BDEFS-LF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Total EF Symptom Counts (All Ages and Both Sexes)
·     BDEFS-SF: Self-Report
·     BDEFS-SF: Other-Report
·     BDEFS-SF: Self-Report Score Sheet for Total EF Summary Scores and EF Symptom Counts (All Ages and Both Sexes)
·     BDEFS-SF Clinical Interview: Self-Report

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