evaluation focusChild Behavior (Social Functioning, Mood and Anxiety, Externalizing Symptoms)
applicable ages72-216 months; 6-18 years
available language(s)English, French, and 60+ Others
availabilityFREE somewhere else
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:
- 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
- oppositional defiant problems
- conduct problems
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
supporting literatureChild Behavior checklist for Ages 6-18. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
PDF: CBCL – 1 – Summary
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
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
referenced articlesReading Aloud and Child Development: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Brazil
The Practical Utility of the Welch Emotional Connection Screen for Rating Parent-Infant Relational Health