The BPM/18-59s 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).
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.
Because peoples 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.
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.
Importance of Norms
Scale scores cannot be properly interpreted without
considering scores obtained by a persons peers,
as rated by particular kinds of informants. For each
scale, the BPM/18-59 software displays T scores
based on norms for the persons 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.
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.
Completed in 1 to 2 minutes
by the assessed person and by collaterals
Attention Problems, Externalizing,
& Total Problems scales
items & scales on the BPM/18-59
& the ASR & ABCL
enable users to link comprehensive
initial & outcome assessments
to BPM/18-59 scores
can add items for assessing strengths
at user-selected periods of days,
for each gender at ages 18-35 & 36-59
norms for self- and collateral-ratings
multicultural norms for dozens of societies
output compares item ratings & normed
scale scores from up to 4 informants
of normed scale scores are displayed
across multiple occasions