(CBCL, TRF, YSR, SCICA,
Adults (OABCL, OASR)
ASEBA approach originated in the 1960s with Dr. Achenbachs
efforts to develop a more differentiated picture of child
and adolescent psychopathology than was provided by the
prevailing diagnostic system. At that time, the American
Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic & Statistical
Manual (DSM) provided only two categories for childhood
disorders. These were Adjustment Reaction of Childhood
and Schizophrenic Reaction, Childhood Type.
Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA):
Development, Findings, Theory, and Applications
by Dr. Achenbach illuminates and integrates four decades
of work related to the ASEBA. Starting with the ASEBAs
origins in the 1960s, it traces major milestones in
the ASEBAs conceptual, methodological, and theoretical
development. It also elucidates applications of the
ASEBA to practical assessment, training, and research.
first scientific report of ASEBA findings was presented
at the Society for Research in Child Development (Achenbach,
1965), and the first scientific publication was a monograph
in the American Psychological Associations Psychological
Monographs series (Achenbach, 1966).
about later developments,
recent advances, and
research with the ASEBA.
ASEBA approach involves:
the problems reported for large samples of children,
adolescents, and adults.
multivariate statistical analyses of correlations
among the problems to identify syndromes of problems
that tend to co-occur.
reports of skills and involvement in activities, social
relations, school, and work to assess competencies
and adaptive functioning.
profiles of scales on which to display individuals
scores in relation to norms for their age and gender.