Mental health assessment tools for perinatal and early childhood services and research


Published research evidence on the MORS tools and their use in practice

MORS tools

The design, development and validation of the MORS tools is described in a series of peer-reviewed publications in academic journals. Details of these and links to them can be accessed from the links in the menu alongside.

Research using MORS tools

An increasing body of international research is finding that the MORS tools have unique values in assessing core aspects of caregivers’ representations of infants and children. This research is confirming links between these representations and perinatal anxiety and depression. There are also findings that show MORS tools have short and long-term predictive power for social and cognitive facets of child development.

Clinical researchers are finding MORS useful for screening and for tracking responses to therapeutic interventions.