ASEBA The ASEBA is a comprehensive evidence-based assessment system developed through decades of research and practical experience. It assesses competencies, adaptive functioning, and behavioural, emotional, and social problems from age 1½ to over 90 years.

The DSM-5

ASEBA forms have long been scorable on DSM-oriented scales. The original DSM-oriented scales were based on judgments by experts from many societies.  After DSM-5 was released, experts from 30 societies participated in the DSM-5 Project to identify ASEBA items that are very consistent with DSM-5 diagnostic categories whose criteria for behavioural, emotional, and social problems differ from those of DSM-IV.

  • For ages 1½ - 5, the new Autism Spectrum Problems scale comprises items identified by the experts as very consistent with DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses.
  • For ages 1½ - 5, 6-18, and 18-59, the revised Anxiety Problems scale comprises age-appropriate items identified by the experts as very consistent with DSM-5 Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobia diagnoses.
  • For ages 6-18 and 18-59, the revised Somatic Problems scale comprises age-appropriate items identified by the experts as very consistent with DSM-5 Somatic Symptom Disorder diagnoses.

ASEBA forms are also scored on the following DSM oriented scales for which criteria did not change from DSM-IV to DSM-5: Depressive Problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Problems, Oppositional Defiant Problems, Conduct Problems, Avoidant Personality Problems, and Antisocial Personality Problems. The DSM-Oriented Guide explains details of the DSM-oriented scales.  It also documents the research basis for the scales and lists the experts who participated in the DSM-5 Project.  To aid practitioners, researchers, and trainees, the Guide illustrates applications of the scales in multiple contexts. Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact our team on (011) 781 3705 or info@jvrafrica.co.za