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 decades
of work related to the ASEBA. Starting with the ASEBAs
origins in the 1960s, it highlights major milestones
in the ASEBAs conceptual, methodological, and
theoretical development. It also elucidates applications
of the ASEBA to practical assessment, training, and
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:
problems reported for large samples of children, adolescents,
multivariate statistical analyses of correlations
among the ratings to identify syndromes of problems
that tend to co-occur.
ratings 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, gender,
and relevant societies..