Concordance of the children's executive functions scale with established tests and parent rating scales

Laura G. Goulden, Cheryl H. Silver

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An increase can be seen in the number of tests designed to assess executive dysfunction in children, but few address ecological validity by attempting to measure functioning in the natural environment. This study examined the utility of the Children's Executive Functions Scale (CEFS), a 99-item parent-report measure. The CEFS was designed to measure a variety of behaviors related to executive functioning, including social appropriateness, inhibition, problem solving, initiative, and motor planning. A sample of 59 children was evaluated with the CEFS, established tests of executive functioning, Child Behavior Checklist, and Conners' Rating Scale. Correlations between the CEFS and the test variables were modest and produced a pattern slightly different from correlations obtained for the other parent report measures. The CEFS was significantly correlated with the other parent report measures; however, the magnitude of the coefficients suggests that the CEFS is providing unique information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-451
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Children
  • Ecological validity
  • Executive function
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parent report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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