Date of Thesis

2013

Thesis Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Master of Science in Education

Department

Education - college student personnel

First Advisor

Candice Stefanou

Keywords

executive function, concurrent validity, assessment, BRIEF-SR, D-KEFS, inhibition, cognitive flexibility, planning/organizing

Abstract

The assessment of executive functions is an area of study that has seen considerable development in recent years. Despite much research examining the validity of various measures of executive functions from both a direct and indirect format, little evidence exists in the extant literature evaluating the correspondence between these types of measures. The current study examined the extent of correspondence, comprising concurrent validity, between the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS) and the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function ¿ Self-Report Version (BRIEF-SR). Participants included 30 undergraduate and high school students 18 years of age. Results indicated mixed evidence of concurrent validity between the two measures of executive functions. The findings obtained suggest both expected significant, negative correlation as well as lack of expected correlation between the measures. Suggestions for future research in the assessment of executive functions are discussed.

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