Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC)

Aman MG; Singh NN; Stewart AW; Field CJ


Basic description

  • Developed in 1985
  • The ABC is available in two versions, ABC-Residential and ABC-Community

Aman MG; Singh NN; Stewart AW; Field CJ

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To assess medication and other treatment effects in people with developmental disabilities, including individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and cerebral palsy. The ABC is also used for a variety of other purposes, including sample characterization, to monitor the effects of environmental changes, studying behavioral phenotypes, effects of sleep profiles, and myriad of other purposes (see revised ABC Manual, 2017)
Therapeutic area
  • Mental Disorders
Therapeutic indication

Generic for Mental Disorders

Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • obsro ObsRO
Original language(s)
  • English for the USA
  • English for New Zealand
62 translation(s)
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

Aman MG, Singh NN, Stewart AW, Field CJ. The aberrant behavior checklist: a behavior rating scale for the assessment of treatment effects. Am J Ment Defic. 1985a Mar;89(5):485-91 (PubMed Abstract)

Aman MG, Singh NN, Stewart AW, Field CJ. Psychometric characteristics of the aberrant behavior checklist. Am J Ment Defic. 1985b Mar;89(5):492-502 (PubMed Abstract)

Aman MG, Burrow WH, Wolford PL. The Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community: factor validity and effect of subject variables for adults in group homes. Am J Ment Retard. 1995 Nov;100(3):283-92 (PubMed abstract)

Brown EC, Aman MG, Havercamp SM. Factor analysis and norms for parent ratings on the Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community for young people in special education. Res Dev Disabil. 2002 Jan-Feb;23(1):45-60 (PubMed abstract)

Rojahn J, Aman MG, Matson JL, Mayville E. The Aberrant Behavior Checklist and the Behavior Problems Inventory: convergent and divergent validity. Res Dev Disabil. 2003 Sep-Oct;24(5):391-404 (PubMed abstract)

Aman, M.G. (2012). Editorial: Aberrant Behavior Checklist: Current Identity and Future Developments. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology. 2:e114 (Full text article)

Kaat AJ, Lecavalier L, Aman MG. Validity of the aberrant behavior checklist in children with autism spectrum disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 May;44(5):1103-16 (PubMed abstract)

Farmer, C.A. & Aman, M.G. (2017). Aberrant Behavior Checklist. Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2nd Ed. (Fred Volkmar, Ed.). New York: Springer Science+Business (internet live reference) (Abstract)

Norris, M., Aman, M.G., Mazurek, M.O., Scherr, J.F., & Butter, E.M. (2019).  Psychometric characteristics of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist in a well-defined sample of youth with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 62, 1-9 (Abstract)

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