The ASEBA Approach

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) offers a comprehensive approach to assessing adaptive and maladaptive functioning. Developed through decades of research and practical experience to identify actual patterns of functioning, the ASEBA provides professionals with user-friendly tools.

Numerous studies demonstrate significant associations between ASEBA scores and both diagnostic and special education categories. You can relate ASEBA directly to DSM-5 diagnostic categories by using the DSM-oriented scales for scoring ASEBA forms.



  • Sets the standard for integrated multi-informant assessment
  • Culturally diverse worldwide applications; translations in over 100 languages
  • Multi-informant assessment for ages 1½-90+
  • Multicultural scoring for ages 1½-90+
  • Widely used in mental health services, research, schools, medical settings, child and family services, HMOs, public health agencies, child guidance, and training programs
  • Comparable scales across wide age ranges
  • Used in national surveys to track development and predict competencies and problems