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, Spanish and French versions are given. The scale is fully self-contained, self-guiding, and rapid to use. 

The scale was developed by Dr. Henry Massie and B. Kay Campbell.

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, and the author with Nathan Szajnberg of Lives Across Time--Growing Up: Paths to Emotional Health and Emotional Illness from Birth to 30 in 76 people. 

B. Kay Campbell PhD, psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and on the faculty  of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, Michigan.

This information on the ADS Scale was originally published under 3 internet domains:,, and

©2007-2019 Revised Edition, Henry Massie, M.D. & B. Kay Campbell, Ph.D.