Concepts of gender are changing rapidly. ASEBA forms currently ask respondents to indicate the self-identified gender of the person being assessed in terms of binary alternatives. This is because—when the ASEBA population norms were obtained—it was conventional to ask people to identify themselves as female or male. Consequently, the percentiles and T scores are based on scale scores obtained by people who self-identified as female or male.
Because we are researching ways to take better account of gender diversity, we would be grateful for suggestions regarding gender designations, to be submitted via e-mail to [email protected].
In the meantime, ASEBA users may elect to use the norms for females or males (not very different for most scales), whichever gender best approximates the assessed person’s preferred gender identification.
Another alternative is to score the person according to norms for one gender and then to re-score the person according to norms for the other gender to see whether decisions about needs for help would differ. If decisions about needs for help would differ, the user can decide how best to help. In all cases, users should examine responses to each item assessing strengths and problems—plus respondents’ comments—in order to obtain a detailed picture of the assessed person’s needs.
We hope these guidelines will be helpful.