Brown Executive Function/Attention ScalesBrown EF/A
- Measure DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD along with less apparent impairments of executive functioning
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- Completion time:
- 10–15 minutes
- Individual; Q-global® administration, scoring, and/or reporting, or manual scoring
- Age range:
- 3 through adult
- Qualification level:
ADHD is a complex impairment that impacts academic, social, emotional, and behavioural development for both children and adults. As an update to the widely used Brown ADD Scales™ the Brown EF/A Scales goes beyond other measures to screen and assess a wider range of impairments of executive functioning and attention.
Some features of this revision include:
What makes Brown EF/A Scales different?
Helps address situational variability: The clinical presentation of ADHD is generally variable, the symptoms are situational, and the degree to which a patient exhibits them may be observed and interpreted differently by various observers.1 The Brown EF/A scales will provide a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's ADHD symptoms by analysing their behaviour using multiple perspectives: the examinee's self-perspective, teacher's perspective and parents' perspective.
Items are more specific and contextual: Patients with ADHD experience situational variability and have the ability to focus on certain activities which hold strong interest for them. The Brown EF/A scales will include items that are more specific and ask about difficulties they might encounter in a specific context, e.g. difficulty remembering what has been read (when reading is assigned, not self-selected texts).
Focus on severity as opposed to frequency: The items on the Brown EF/A scales, unlike other instruments will focus on the severity of specific behaviours as opposed to frequency. This will allow examinees to directly and more accurately report symptoms they perceive to be problems.
Includes DSM-5 symptoms of ADHD and more: In addition to diagnostic criteria for ADHD defined in DSM-5, the Brown EF/A scales also assess other important aspects of executive function impairments found in persons with ADHD, but not yet included in DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ADD/ADHD.
Case Examples Using the new Brown EF/A Scales with various Age Groups and Comorbidities
New Brown Executive Function/Attention Scales: Theory and Clinical Applications for Assessing ADHD
Overview of the Brown EF/A Scales