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The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA):
Development, Findings, Theory, and Applications

By T.M. Achenbach, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Vermont


The book iluminates and integrates decades of work related to the ASEBA. Starting with ASEBA's origins in the 1960s, the book traces major milestones in the ASEBA’s conceptual, methodological, and theoretical development. It also elucidates applications to assessment, training, and research.

Key topics include:

  • Empirically based approach
  • Quantitative aspects of assessment and taxonomy
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Linking assessment & taxonomy
  • From classification to quantification
  • Evidence-based assessment (EBA) for evidence-based treatment (EBT)
  • From data to theory and back to data
  • Modeling phenotypic and genotypic interplays
  • From cross-cultural to multicultural research
  • Accelerated longitudinal research

Building on the accomplishments to date, the book outlines directions for continued advances in areas such as the following:

  • Multicultural research & applications
  • Use of multi-informant data
  • Profile patterns
  • Genetics of psychopathology
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Improving EBA foundations for EBT
  • Service systems
  • Conceptual models
  • Training practitioners & researchers


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