Attachment During Stress Scale


A mental health screening instrument, the scale provides indicators of mother-infant attachment.  It can also assess the quality of father-infant or caretaker-infant interaction.  The scale screens for conditions as diverse as lack of infant responsiveness in autism or parental avoidance in child neglect, and can guide treatment.  As a public service, the ADS scale is free for downloading and printing.  English is currently available here with French and Spanish versions available soon.  The scale is fully self-contained, self-guiding, and rapid to use.  For more details about applications, case illustrations, and background data, there is a 50-page manual in English.  It contains copies of the scale in a 1-page format with the scale on the front and instructions on the back, which can be freely reproduced.  The manual is available from Child Development Media, 5632 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 286, Van Nuys, California 91401.

HENRY MASSIE, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a former faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, now in private practice of child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Berkeley, California. He is also a researcher in child development and psychopathology whose most recent book is Lives Across Time/Growing Up: Paths to Emotional Health and Emotional Illness from Birth to 30 in 76 People.

B. KAY CAMPBELL, Ph.D. is a child, adolescent and adult psychologist in private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the University of Detroit Psychology program. She also consults to daycare programs and schools regionally through her affiliation with the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights, Ohio.


2007, 2017 Revised Edition, Henry Massie, M.D. & B. Kay Campbell, Ph.D.