Document Type



Doctor of Education


Education, Educational Psychology

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

Dr. Cody Ding


Dr. Michael W. Bahr

Dr. Charis Price

Dr. Keith Miller


The Barkley Deficits of Executive Functioning-Short Form (BDEFS-SF) is a short rating scale measuring executive functioning in adults. The BDEFS-SF was developed using the 5 highest loading questions from the BDEFS-LF. Consequently, the psychometric qualities of the BDEFS-SF were not investigated using formal methods. In this study, the psychometric attributes of the BDEFS-SF were examined using two separate but similar groups. The first group of 264 men and women aged 18-35 years old completed the BDEFS-SF via an internet survey. The second group of 36 men and women aged 18-35 years old completed the BDEFS-SF and individualized assessments of executive functioning and cognition individually with this researcher. Examination of the internal reliability of BDEFS-SF was found to be a more than robust .87. Factor analytic processes uncovered three latent traits in the BDEFS-SF and results also found cognition to be a separate construct from executive functioning. Lastly, measures of executive functioning and ratings from the BDEFS-SF yielded significant relationships. Limitations of this study and recommendations were explained. This study provides some initial evidence for the validity and reliability of the BDEFS-SF.