Child Behaviour Checklist

Developed by Thomas M. Achenbach in the 1960s, the CBCL should be completed for children and young people (aged 1.5-17 years) by their main carer.

The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) is one part of the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment.

It includes 100 questions that are grouped under the following syndromes:

  • emotionally reactive
  • anxious/depressed
  • somatic complaints
  • withdrawn
  • sleep problems
  • attention problems
  • aggressive behaviour
  • internalising problems
  • externalising problems
  • affective problems
  • anxiety problems
  • pervasive developmental problems
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity problems
  • oppositional defiant problems
  • language development.

The CBCL is administered through an online system called ASEBA-Web. It can be administered by a health or social care professional who is not necessarily a qualified clinician. A qualified psychologist should interpret the scores generated by the CBCL.

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