Preschool Child Behavior Check List (CBCL)

Measure DescriptionSource of measure Achenbach, 2000
Mode of administration Parent report, Teacher report
Age range for use1.5-5 yrs
Domains AssessedEarly social-emotional problems: emotional reactivity, anxiety/depression, somatic complaints, withdrawn, sleep problems, attention problems, aggressive behavior
Related MeasuresThe ITSEA and BITSEA assess similar constructs on younger ages (12-36 months)
BurdenTraining needed to administerParent/teacher report; minimal staff training needed for this self-report measure. Staff need to be familiar with all items prior to administering.

Minutes to complete20-25
# of items99
Cost$0.50/form, plus cost of scoring materials ($160-$295) and manual ($40)

Adaptation for AIAN useAdaptedNo
Developer allows adaptation?No
Used with AIAN populations?No
AIAN: Cronbach's alpha rangeTBD
AIAN: Evidence of validityTBD
Other populations: Cronbach's alpha range0.90-0.97
Other populations: Evidence of validityTest-retest: 0.80-0.90
SourceDeveloperAchenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (Achenbach, 2000)
SummaryComments about sensitivity to change
General remarksMiddle childhood (6-18), adult (18-59), and older adult (60-90 ) versions available; One of most widely used assessments in the field; comes with own scoring software and reference data are available.

Table updated: 8/11/2017