Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) comprises a family of evidence-based instruments for assessing strengths and psychopathology. The instruments are used in thousands of settings around the world, with translations in 100 languages and 9,000 published reports of findings and applications. This entry summarizes the development, components, and applications of the ASEBA. Details are available at

The ASEBA originated with research reported in a 1966 monograph by Thomas Achenbach, who factor-analyzed behavioral, emotional, social, and thought problems scored from 600 child psychiatric case records. This research revealed many more syndromes of psychopathology than were recognized in the prevailing diagnostic systems. Further research produced the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Teacher’s Report Form (TRF), and Youth Self-Report (YSR) to assess the strengths and problems reported ...

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