ASEBA Child Behaviour Checklist – CBCL

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) offers a comprehensive approach to assessing adaptive and maladaptive functioning. The ASEBA provides useful information to design and monitor intervention. The competencies component examines a child’s participation and skills in certain activities, whereas the adaptive and maladaptive functioning component examines problem behaviours such as aggression, hyperactivity, bullying, and defiance.

Both parents/caregivers and teachers are encouraged to complete the 4-page questionnaires for children aged 1.5-5 years. It provides scores in theses areas:

Syndrome Scales

  • Emotionally Reactive
  • Anxious/Depressed
  • Somatic Complaints
  • Withdrawn
  • Sleep Problems (CBCL only)
  • Attention Problems
  • Aggressive Behavior

DSM-Oriented Scales

  • Depressive Problems
  • Anxiety Problems
  • Autism Spectrum Problems
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Problems
  • Oppositional Defiant Problem

Forms for children and youth aged 6-18 years are completed by parents/caregivers and teachers. There is also a Youth Self Report for 11-18 year olds.

The forms provide scores on each of these syndromes:

  • Anxious/Depressed
  • Withdrawn/Depressed
  • Somatic Complaints
  • Social Problem
  • Thought Problems
  • Attention Problems
  • Rule-Breaking Behavior
  • Aggressive Behavior

The six DSM-V oriented scales are:

  • Depressive Problems
  • Anxiety Problems
  • Somatic Problems
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Problems
  • Oppositional Defiant Problems
  • Conduct Problems

The forms are completed online.