JvR is proud to announce a new addition to our clinical and educational range of products: the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA®) products.  The ASEBA® products are designed to assess competencies, adaptive functioning, and behavioural, emotional and social problems in young children and adolescents as well as substance use in adults 18 years and older. The ASEBA® approach originated in the 1960s with Dr. Achenbach’s efforts to develop a more differentiated picture of child and adolescent psychopathology than was provided by the prevailing diagnostic system.  Today the ASEBA® is a comprehensive evidence–based assessment system developed through decades of research and practical experience which includes studies in over 8 000 publications from 80 societies and cultural groups.  Numerous studies demonstrate significant associations between the ASEBA® and both diagnostic and special education categories.  The ASEBA® can also be directly related to the DSM-IV diagnostic categories via the DSM-orientated scales. The ASEBA® products can be used a variety of settings including is widely used in mental health services, schools, medical settings, child and family services, multicultural assessment, public health agencies, child guidance, training, and research. ASEBA® instruments clearly document clients’ functioning in terms of both quantitative scores and individualized descriptions in respondents’ own words. Descriptions include what concerns respondents most about the clients, the best things about clients, and details of competencies and problems that are not captured by quantitative scores alone. The Child Behaviour Checklist for ages 1½-5 and 6-18 (CBCL 1½-5 and CBCL 6-18) are 4-page questionnaires for obtaining parents' reports of their child's competencies and problems.  Similar forms for obtaining reports from teachers (Teacher's Report Form; TRF), Caregivers (Caregiver-Teacher Report Form; C-TRF 1½-5), adolescents (Youth Self-Report; YSR), adults (Adult Self-Report; ASR; and Adult Behaviour Checklist; ABCL), older adults (Older Adult Self-Report; OASR; and Older Adult Behaviour Checklist; OABCL), direct observers (Direct Observation Form; DOF), clinical interviewers (Semi-structured Clinical Interview for Children & Adolescents; SCICA), and psychological examiners (Test Observation Form; TOF) are also available. The Language Development Survey (LDS) is unique to the Pre-school range and assess the child’s word combinations and vocabulary and provides a picture of the child’s developing language. New to the ASEBA® range is the Brief Problem Monitor (BPM) for school-age children.  This questionnaire is completed by the child’s parent (BPM-P), the child’s teacher (BPM-T) and from ages 11-18 by the child self (BPM-Y).  Brief assessments are often needed to evaluate responses to interventions designed to reduce problems and improve adaptive functioning. The ASEBA® range features the following products:

For preschool (ages 1½ - 5) School-Age (ages 6-18) Adults (ages 18 – 59) Older Adults (ages 60 – 90+) Semi structured Clinical Interview for Children & Adolescents (SCICA)    Assessment Data Manager (ADM)
Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL 1½-5) Child Behaviour Checklist for Ages 6-18 (CBCL 6-18) Adult Behaviour Checklist (ABCL 18 Older Adult Behaviour Checklist (OABCL 60 Direct Observation Form Ages 6-11 (DOF) Web-Link™
Language Development Survey (LDS) Teacher Report Form (TRF) Adult Self Older Adult Self Test Observation Form Ages 2-18 (TOF) WebForms Direct™
Caregiver-Teacher Report Form (C-TRF) Youth Self-Report (YSR) Adults Ages 18   Bibliography iForms Service™
          Software Utilities

  The ASEBA® assessments are can be completed and scored by hand or online.  Clients are able to manage their own portals. All the ASEBA® products are available in English and a number of them have been translated into over 80 languages.  The following assessments are available in the South African context:  

Afrikaans CBCL/1½-5, C-TRF, CBCL/6-18, TRF/6-18, YSR/11-18
South African English CBCL/6-18
Sotho (South Africa) CBCL/4-16
Xhosa CBCL/1½-5, CBCL/6-18
Zulu CBCL/4-18

  For more information on the ASEBA products please contact our Psychometirc Advisory Department on 011 781 3705, or email andrea@jvrafrica.co.za Taken from www.aseba.org