Young Adult Self Report

The Youth Adult Self Report protocol, a self-administered survey, was first developed by Thomas M. Achenbach (1990; 1997) and was derived from another widely-used standardized measure in child psychology, the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). The YSR was designed to assess the emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents in a standardized format. It assessed internalizing (i.e., anxiety, depression, and overcontrolled) and externalizing (i.e., aggressive, hyperactivity, noncompliant, and undercontrolled) behaviors.


The Young Adult Self Report is a 132-item instrument based on Achenbach’s 126 item measure. This measure was first added to the Fast Track Protocol in study year 19. This measure assesses multiple traits. The response options vary based on the type of question asked. The response “I prefer not to answer” is omitted from all tables. Most questions collected responses using three levels, namely “not true”, “sometime true” and “often true”. A different variation was used for 10 items, namely “never”, “sometimes” and “often”. The dichotomy “yes/no” is used in a single item.
There are 10 scales created and a Total Sum Score of Items in this measure reporting the following: Withdrawn Problem, Somatic Problem, Anxious/Depressed Problem, Internalizing, Intrusive Problems Problem, Thought Problems Problem, Attention Problems Problem, Delinquent Behavior Problem, Aggressive Behavior Problem, Externalizing and the Total Sum of items. In addition to these 10 scales another 10 variables are generated, corresponding to each scale, by computing t-scores using Achenbach’s scoring protocol. The scores of these variables vary by gender.

Achenbach (1997) recommends that raw scores be used in research. At the high end of the distribution, raw scores may be more precise and uniform than t-scores. In addition, on the behavior syndromes – but not the problems scales – below average t-scores have been truncated at 50. However, if sex differences are not controlled in statistical analyses, it may be preferable to use t-scores.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyCA
Scored Dataset Name: YSRySCc


anxiety, depression, overcontrolled, aggressive, hyperactivity, noncompliant, undercontrolled, behaviors