Spanish version of the Adult Executive Functioning Inventory (ADEXI): Psychometric properties in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability


  • Domingo García-Villamisar Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Marina Jodra Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Gema Sáez-Suanes
  • Lisa B. Thorell Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden


Palabras clave:

executive deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorders, rating, psychometric properties


Abstract: The aim of the present study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Adult Executive Functioning Inventory (ADEXI) in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Intellectual Disability (ID). A total of 121 adults with ASD and ID were recruited and informant ratings on the ADEXI were collected to investigate the factor structure, as well as reliability and validity. The results showed that we could replicate the two-factor structure (i.e., working memory and inhibition) that had been found in a previous study of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The two ADEXI subscales were shown to have high internal consistency and significant associations were found between the ADEXI and the Dysexecutive Questionnaire (DEX), another executive function rating instrument. Conclusively, the ADEXI appear to be a valid instrument for assessing executive function deficits in adults with ASD and ID. Keywords: Executive deficits; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Intellectual Disability; assessment; psychometric properties. Versión en español del Inventario de Funcionamiento Ejecutivo para Adultos (ADEXI): propiedades psicométricas en adultos con trastornos del espectro del autismo y discapacidad intelectual Resumen: El objetivo del presente estudio fue investigar las propiedades psicométricas de la versión española del Inventario de Funcionamiento Ejecutivo para Adultos (ADEXI) en personas adultas con Trastornos del Espectro del Autismo (TEA) y Discapacidad Intelectual (DI). Se reclutó un total de 121 personas con TEA y DI y se recopilaron los resultados obtenidos en el ADEXI para investigar la estructura factorial, la fiabilidad y validez. Los resultados obtenidos replican los hallazgos en cuanto a estructura de dos factores (es decir, memoria de trabajo e inhibición) de un estudio previo con una población de adultos con Trastorno por Déficit de Atención e Hiperactividad (TDAH). Se demostró que las dos subescalas del ADEXI tienen una alta consistencia interna y se encontraron asociaciones significativas entre el ADEXI y el Cuestionario Disejecutivo (DEX), otro instrumento de evaluación de las funciones ejecutivas. En conclusión, el ADEXI parece ser un instrumento válido para evaluar la disfunción ejecutiva en adultos con TEA y DI.


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Biografía del autor/a

Domingo García-Villamisar, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Catedrático del Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Marina Jodra, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Profesora Asociada en la Facultad de Educación de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica). Coordinadora Técnica de la Asociación Nuevo Horizonte. Colaboradora docente en el “Programa Modular de Postgrado: Trastorno del Espectro del Autismo” de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).


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García-Villamisar, D., Jodra, M., Sáez-Suanes, G., & Thorell, L. B. (2020). Spanish version of the Adult Executive Functioning Inventory (ADEXI): Psychometric properties in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability. Revista De Psicopatología Y Psicología Clínica, 25(2), 121–129.



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