Achenbach System Empirically Based Assessment: Youth Self Report (ASEBA)

Measure DescriptionSource of measure Achenbach, T. M., & Rescorla, L. (2001). ASEBA school-age forms & profiles.
Mode of administration Self report
Age range for useTeen
Domains AssessedSubscales include: Anxiety/depression, withdrawal/depression, Somatic symptoms, Social problems, Thought problems, Rule-breaking, Aggressiveness; Total Domains include internalizing and externalizing domains
Related Measures
BurdenTraining needed to administerMinimal staff training required for this self-report measure. Staff need to be familiar with all items before administering to a participant.
Minutes to complete 15
# of items
Cost ~$2 per participant (forms, manual, software)
Adaptation for AIAN useAdaptedNo
Developer allows adaptation? No
Used with AIAN populations? Yes
AIAN: Cronbach's alpha rangeRange from 0.69-0.79 across scales (reported by Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health)
AIAN: Evidence of validityTest-retest reliability values range from 0.64-0.71 for total domains; Internalizing domains has moderate to good correlation with CESD (r=0.65) (reported by Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health)
Other populations: Cronbach's alpha rangeInternal consistency of the subscales for the self-report ranges from .55 to .95, with a majority over .75 ( Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001; School Age ASEBA manual).
Other populations: Evidence of validityAchenbach & Rescorla (in the ASEBA manual) report that the YSR discriminates between youth who are referred to services versus those who are not. Further, the ASEBA scales are significantly associated with DSM-IV diagnoses, the Conners Scales, and the Behavioral Assessment System for Children
(Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001)
SourceDeveloperAchenbach & Rescorla
SummaryComments about sensitivity to change
General remarksOne of the most widely used assessments in the field; comes with own scoring software and reference data are available