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Psychometric characteristics of the BRIEF scale for the assessment of executive functions in Spanish clinical population

Trinidad García Fernández, Julio Antonio González-Pienda, Celestino Rodríguez Pérez, David Álvarez García and Luis Álvarez Pérez

Universidad de Oviedo

Background: The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functions (BRIEF) scale, completed by families, is widely known in the assessment of executive functions in children and adolescents. However, its application is limited to English-speaking population. Method: This study analyzes the preliminary results from its application in a Spanish clinical sample, comprising 125 participants aged 5-18 years. Internal structure and reliability of the translated scale were analyzed, as well as its relationship with other behavioral measures through the analysis of their correlations with the Assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Scale (EDAH). The results were compared with those from the original validation study. Results: The data revealed the presence of the same internal structure, as well as acceptable internal consistency and significant correlations with the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity components of the EDAH scale. Conclusions: This study provides preliminary evidence of the utility of the BRIEF scale in cultural contexts different from the original, particularly in Spanish clinical population.

Características psicométricas de la escala BRIEF para la evaluación de funciones ejecutivas en población clínica española. Antecedentes: la escala Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functions (BRIEF), cumplimentada por familias, es ampliamente conocida en la evaluación de las funciones ejecutivas en niños y adolescentes. Sin embargo, su aplicación está limitada a población de habla inglesa. Método: en este estudio se analizan los primeros resultados procedentes de su aplicación a una muestra clínica española, formada por 125 participantes de 5 a 18 años. Se analizó la estructura interna y fiabilidad de las puntuaciones de la escala traducida al español, así como su relación con otras medidas comportamentales a través del análisis de sus correlaciones con la escala de Evaluación del Déficit de Atención con Hiperactividad (EDAH). Los resultados se compararon con los del estudio de validación original. Resultados: los datos mostraron la presencia de una misma estructura interna de las puntuaciones, así como una aceptable consistencia interna y correlaciones estadísticamente significativas con los componentes de Déficit de Atención e Hiperactividad de la escala EDAH. Conclusiones: este estudio aporta evidencia preliminar sobre la utilidad de la escala BRIEF en contextos culturales diferentes al originario, concretamente en población clínica española.

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