Date: November 2005
Re: Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Involvement Scale (AADIS) and
Adolescent Drug Involvement Scale (ADIS)
To: Persons interested in using the ADIS or AADIS
From: D. Paul Moberg, Ph.D.
Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Available at the left is the information needed to use the ADIS, AAIS, or AADIS
as screening tools for adolescent substance abuse. The AADIS is the latest version of these tools, and includes both
alcohol and other drug abuse as a “conjoint” screen. The
AADIS was recently developed to avoid the duplication some screeners
were experiencing as they used both Mayer and Filstead’s original
AAIS (Adolescent Alcohol Involvement Scale, exclusively covering alcohol)
and the ADIS (exclusively covering other drugs). My present recommendation
is to use the AADIS rather than the ADIS as a screening tool.
Materials available on this site:
$ Interview Version of the AADIS, with scoring information incorporated
$ Survey Version of the AADIS (use same scoring as in interview version)
$ A paper providing a background summary and instructions for using
$ My 1991 article on the ADIS, which includes an appendix with the
actual instrument and scoring information.
$ A 2001 Report By Ken Winters and colleagues summarizing results
of a validation study of the AADIS when used in an interview format.
$ A reprint of my early article (1983) validating the parent instrument,
the original alcohol-specific Adolescent Alcohol Involvement Scale
The ADIS and AADIS were derived from the AAIS, and were further developed
and field tested using public funds, so I have been making them available
without charge. Users have permission to reproduce the tools at no
cost. However, I would appreciate identification of the tool on any
reproduction, and citation of source in any articles/publications
in which you might use it.
Finally, I am interested in any systematic assessment of the
scale’s performance--validity and reliability–which
you may carry out. I would also be interested in collaborating
on further studies using the AADIS in survey format,
particularly using independent clinical assessments to further
validate the instrument. I am also very interested in feedback
from the field regarding the utility of the tool. Please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (608) 263-1304 if you have any feedback
on the instrument.