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ERIC Number: EJ1021237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Test Review: J. A. Naglieri & S. Goldstein "Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory." Toronto, Ontario, Canada: MHS, 2013
Climie, Emma A.; Cadogan, Sarah; Goukon, Rina
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v32 n2 p173-177 Apr 2014
The "Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory" (CEFI; Naglieri & Goldstein, 2013), published by Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS), is a new executive function (EF) rating scale for children and youth ages 5 to 18 years. The CEFI strives to accurately assess EF abilities based on self, parent, and teacher reports, and provides specific and individualized intervention recommendations. Naglieri and Goldstein (2013) define executive functions as "a set of cognitive processes that control and manage other cognitive processes" (p. 5). The CEFI assesses behaviors that are associated with EF (e.g., inhibitory control, working memory), and determines an individual's profile of EF strengths and weaknesses. Test items were constructed based on the premise that EFs are involved in higher order cognition, as well as the regulation and control of spontaneous actions towards goal-directed behavior (for review, see Chapter 2 of the manual). Given that evidence suggests that many symptoms of psychopathology stem from core deficits in EF (Royall et al., 2002), a strong understanding of EF strengths and weaknesses, such as those captured by the CEFI, may be useful in understanding if and how a person manifests EF skills in multiple settings. The CEFI provides an overall full scale executive functioning standard score and individual subtest standard scores on nine components of EF, including Attention, Emotion Regulation, Flexibility, Inhibitory Control, Initiation, Organization, Planning, Self-Monitoring, and Working Memory. In addition, each rater's responses are analyzed on a Consistency Index, Negative and Positive Impression Scales, and number of omitted items. Such analyses serve to identify biased (overly positive or negative) and/or inconsistent responses to strengthen reliability and validity of the ratings. The findings of this review indicate that the CEFI is a well-designed, robust measure for assessing child and youth EF abilities. It was constructed based on a sound theoretical framework, utilized representative samples, and provided strong reliability and validity. The clear instructions on the record forms, simple scoring methods, and well-structured score reports makes the CEFI very user-friendly. Together, the CEFI appears to provide a strong and useful measure of EF abilities for use in both clinic and research.
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