Protocol - Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms of Parents/Caregivers

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The ASR is a self-report questionnaire inquiring about the respondent’s own adaptive functioning, problems, and substance use. The ABCL is a questionnaire where an individual who knows the adult to be evaluated reports on the adult’s adaptive function, problems, and substance use. 

Specific Instructions

The ASR should be used when the respondent is reporting on himself/herself. The ABCL should be used when another adult is reporting on the subject being evaluated. These measures may be considered when a broad assessment of a range of indicators of psychological well-being, including DSM-based scales, is desired. Both measures are proprietary. Complete scoring options require purchase of scoring materials.


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The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA®) – Adult Self Report (ASR) and Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL) are forms containing DSM-oriented and other syndrome scales to assess adaptive functioning, personal strengths, empirically based syndromes, substance abuse, internalizing, externalizing, and total problems. The ASR is a self-report instrument. The ABCL is filled out by someone who knows the adult being assessed. Both forms are scored against norms of age and gender and national statistical probability.

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) – Adult Self Report (ASR) and Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL) are proprietary protocols, and administration requires a license from ASEBA®.

Personnel and Training Required


Equipment Needs


Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Self- or proxy-administered questionnaire




18-59 year olds

Selection Rationale

This protocol was chosen because it provides adequate coverage over a range of mental health difficulties/psychopathology domains. This is important given that a number of caregiver mental health problems have been associated with poorer child outcomes, and comorbidity among conditions is common. These measures offer the ability to characterize psychological functioning across many domains, including DSM-relevant scales, via a brief questionnaire format.



Human Phenotype Ontology Behavioral abnormality HP:0000708 HPO
Derived Variables


Process and Review

Not applicable

Protocol Name from Source

Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) - Adult Self Report (ASR) and Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL)


Achenbach, T. M., Dumenci, L., & Rescorla, L. A. (2003). Ratings of relations between DSM-IV diagnostic categories and items of the Adult Self-Report (ASR) and Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL). Research Center for Children, Youth and Families.

Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) - Adult Self Report (ASR) and Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL) is a proprietary instrument, and administration requires a licensing agreement from ASEBA®:

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General References

N. Tenneij, H. Koot, A Preliminary Investigation into the Utility of the Adult Behavior Checklist in the Assessment of Psychology in People with Low IQ, Jarid. 2007, p.391-400

DeLuca HK1, Sorgente A2, van Dulmen MHM1. Dyadic invariance of the Adult Self-Report and Adult Behavior Checklist: Evidence from young adult romantic couples. Psychol Assess. 2019 Feb;31(2):192-209. Epub 2018 Oct 25.

Ivanova MY1, Achenbach TM1, Rescorla LA2, Tumer LV1, Ahmeti-Pronaj A3, Au A4, Maese CA5, Bellina M6, Caldas JC7, Chen YC8, Csemy L9, da Rocha MM10, Decoster J11, Dobrean A12, Ezpeleta L13, Fontaine JRJ11, Funabiki Y14, Guðmundsson HS15, Harder VS1, de la Cabada ML16, Leung P17, Liu J18, Mahr S19, Malykh S20, Maras JS21, Markovic J22, Ndetei DM23, Oh KJ24, Petot JM25, Riad G26, Sakarya D27, Samaniego VC28, Sebre S29, Shahini M3, Silvares E30, Simulioniene R31, Sokoli E32, Talcott JB33, Vazquez N34, Zasepa E35.

Syndromes of Self-Reported Psychopathology for Ages 18-59 in 29 Societies. J Psychopathol Behav Assess. 2015 Jun;37(2):171-183. doi: 10.1007/s10862-014-9448-8. Epub 2014 Aug 8.

I Ivanova MY1, Achenbach TM1, Rescorla LA2, Turner LV1, Árnadóttir HA3, Au A4, Caldas JC5, Chaalal N6, Chen YC7, da Rocha MM8, Decoster J9, Fontaine JRJ9, Funabiki Y10, Guðmundsson HS3, Kim YA11, Leung P12, Liu J13, Malykh S14, Markovi? J15, Oh KJ16, Petot JM6, Samaniego VC17, Silvares EFM8, Šimulionien? R18, Šobot V15, Sokoli E19, Sun G20, Talcott JB21, Vázquez N17, Zas?pa E22. Syndromes of collateral-reported psychopathology for ages 18-59 in 18 Societies. Int J Clin Health Psychol. 2015 Jan-Apr;15(1):18-28. Epub 2014 Aug 29.

Protocol ID


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Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
PX301201010000 Protocol 301201 - proprietary. Check DCW for more
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Pediatric Development
Measure Name

Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms of Parents/Caregivers

Release Date

December 11, 2019


Forms consisting of multiple psychological syndrome and DSM-oriented scales.


Can be used to assess mental health/psychological well-being of caregivers of children under study.


Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment ASEBA, University of Vermont, Pediatric Development Adaptive functioning

Measure Protocols
Protocol ID Protocol Name
301201 Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms of Parents/Caregivers

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