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For normed multi-informant assessment of adults' functioning & responses to interventions (RTIs)

The BPM/18-59 Scales
The BPM/18-59’s Internalizing (INT), Attention Problems (ATT), Externalizing (EXT), and Total Problems (TOT) scales comprise items from the Adult Self Report (ASR) and Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL). The items, scales, and norms are based on decades of research and practical experience, as summarized in the BPM/18-59 Manual (Achenbach & Ivanova, 2018).

Linking Brief Assessments with Comprehensive Assessments
Frequent brief assessments are often needed to evaluate responses to interventions designed to reduce problems and improve adaptive functioning. Brief assessments are also needed to monitor functioning in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential facilities. To optimize their value, brief assessments must be closely linked to comprehensive initial assessments for pinpointing specific needs and for designing interventions. Brief assessments should also be closely linked to comprehensive outcome assessments for evaluating post-intervention functioning. The BPM/18-59 counterparts of ASR and ABCL items and scales enable users to link BPM/18-59 assessments closely with the more comprehensive initial and outcome assessments afforded by the ASR and ABCL.

Cross-Informant Comparisons
Because people’s functioning may vary from one context and interaction partner to another, brief assessments should compare data from multiple informants. The BPM/18-59 enables users to obtain parallel self- and collateral-ratings. The BPM/18-59 software makes it easy to compare item ratings and scale scores obtained from multiple informants. The software compares item ratings and scale scores from up to 4 informants on each rating occasion.

Trajectories of Scale Scores
To document the course of BPM/18-59 scale scores across multiple rating occasions, the software displays trajectory graphs of scale scores obtained from each rater on up to 10 occasions.

The Importance of Norms
Scale scores cannot be properly interpreted without considering scores obtained by a person’s peers, as rated by particular kinds of informants. For each scale, the BPM/18-59 software displays T scores based on norms for the person’s gender, age group, and the type of informant (self, collateral). Equally important, multicultural options enable users to select norms for dozens of societies. T scores > 65 (93rd percentile for the relevant norm group) are marked on the bar graphs and trajectories as being high enough to be of concern. In addition to providing scale scores, the BPM/18-59 software thus alerts users to scores that warrant special attention.

Rater Comments & User-Specified Items
Raters can enter comments that can then be stored in the BPM/18-59 software. Users can also add up to 3 problems and/or strengths to be rated, entered, and then displayed on the profile.

Brief Summary :
  • Completed in 1 to 2 minutes by the assessed person and by collaterals
  • Internalizing, Attention Problems, Externalizing, & Total Problems scales
  • Parallel items & scales on the BPM/18-59 & the ASR & ABCL enable users to link comprehensive initial & outcome assessments to BPM/18-59 scores
  • Users can add items for assessing strengths & problems
  • Completed at user-selected periods of days, weeks, months

Normed Scale Scores

  • Norms for each gender at ages 18-35 & 36-59
  • Separate norms for self- and collateral-ratings
  • User-selected multicultural norms for dozens of societies

Computer Output

  • Computer output compares item ratings & normed scale scores from up to 4 informants
  • Trajectories of normed scale scores are displayed across multiple occasions


Copyright © 2018 by Thomas Achenbach