The ASEBA Older Adult forms (OABCL and OASR) can greatly improve assessment in a variety of contexts, including psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical care, assessments following significant life changes (such as loss of a loved one or a move to an assisted living environment) and evaluations before and after planned changes and interventions.
The Older Adult Self-Report (OASR) obtains older adults' self-reports of diverse aspects of adaptive functioning and problems, whilst the Older Adults Behavior Checklist (OABCL) is a parallel form for obtaining reports from people who know the adult well.
The OASR Form has many items in common with the ASR (Adult Self Report) 18-59 form, except that it has additional adaptive functioning and problem items that are more relevant to ages 60+.
Older Adults are required to rate items as 0-not true, 1-somewhat or sometimes true or 2-very true or often, based on the preceding two months. Substance abuse is also assessed.
Following the structured items, some items require the respondent to describe their rating in more detail, looking at things such as illnesses, living conditions, interests etc.