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Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL)


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evaluation focus

Child Behavior (Social Functioning, Mood and Anxiety, Externalizing Symptoms)

applicable ages

72-216 months; 6-18 years

available language(s)

English, French, and 60+ Others


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The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) is an instrument that can be used to identify behavioral and emotional problems in children and adolescents. The CBCL is a component of the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA). While the CBCL is completed by parents, other components of the ASEBA are completed by teachers (Teacher’s Report Form – TRF) and by the child or adolescent themself (Youth Self-Report – YSR).


8 Syndrome Scales:

    • anxious/depressed
    • depressed
    • somatic complaints
    • social problems
    • thought problems
    • attention problems
    • rule-breaking behavior
    • aggressive behavior

6 Additional DSM-Oriented Scales (2001 Revision):

    • affective problems
    • anxiety problems
    • somatic problems
    • ADHD
    • oppositional defiant problems
    • conduct problems

Scores Generated:

    • Internalizing Problems
    • Externalizing Problems
    • Total Problems
    • DSM-IV related

Administration Format: self-administered (paper/pencil or computer) or verbally by clinician

Problem Items: 10 minutes | Optional Competence Items: 5-10 minutes | Total Time: 15-20 minutes


Reliability and Validity: High – based on variety and strength of data across many languages and cultural contexts.

Available for Download: contact mail@aseba.org | www.aseba.org


NOTE on Downloadable Metric PDF: Eligibility to purchase ASEBA materials is determined on the basis of professional  degree, licensing, relevant experience and acceptance of the conditions listed on the  website (please see www.aseba.org for more information). The training required  may differ according to the ways in which the data are to be used. Graduate training  of at least the Master’s degree level would ordinarily be expected.

Source: https://www.apa.org/obesity-guideline/child-behavior-checklist.pdf

Source: https://www.nctsn.org/measures/child-behavior-checklist-ages-6-18


supporting literature

Child Behavior checklist for Ages 6-18. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
PDF: CBCL – 1 – Summary
Link: https://www.nctsn.org/print/513

Ivanova, M., et al. (2007) Testing the 8-Syndrome Structure of the Child Behavior Checklist in 30 Societies. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 36(3).
PDF: CBCL – 2 – Ivanova 2007
Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15374410701444363

Bilenberg, N. (2007) The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Related Material: Standardization and Validation in Danish Population Based and Clinically Based Samples. Acta Psychiatricia Scandinavica, 100(S398), 2-52.
PDF: CBCL – 3 – Bilenberg 2007
Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0447.1999.tb10703.x