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If you're here, it likely means you're ready to do some deeper work about where your trauma comes from as part of your resilience journey.

The reason why we need to build resilience to trauma is that its effects can be long-lasting. Unresolved trauma caused by adversity, particularly in childhood can lead to a host of changes to our bodies, minds, emotions, and the way in which we see the world. It's therefore important to learn more about ourselves and start to understand the origins of our trauma, how we have adapted to it (because our adaptations and coping skills can be working for us or not working for us) and is to seek help when needed, and practice self-care. 

Adversity in childhood and its impacts

This video explains how community supports help protect children from the impacts of ACEs. 

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control website about ACEs and building resilience.

ACEs Quiz

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Learn your "ACE" score. The ACE score shows how many Adverse Childhood Experiences you may have. Research has shown that a high ACE score can leave us vulnerable to learning difficulties, physical health problems, and emotional disregulation that can last long after childhood. 

Please keep in mind that this quiz asks personal questions regarding your own childhood, including some topics that may be sensitive or even triggering.

 

For this quiz, grab an old-fashioned pen and paper and keep track of your score. When you have finished, add up the number of times you answered "yes" to the following questions. The sum of "yes" answers is considered your ACEs Score. 

1

Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often... Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
No_

If Yes, enter 1_

2

Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

4

Did you often or very often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever… Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? or Attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

3

Were your parents ever separated or divorced?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

6
5

Did you often or very often feel that … You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

Was your mother or stepmother:
Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

7

Did you often or very often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

8

Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

9
10

Did a household member go to prison?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

Source: ACEsTooHigh.com. This ACEs Quiz is a variation on the questions asked in the original ACEs study conducted by CDC researchers.

What does your score mean?

The ACEs score correlates with the potential that your adversity level from childhood may affect you. The lower your score, the lower your adversity level from childhood may affect you; a higher score correlates with a higher chance of having learning, behavior, emotional, or physical health impacts

However, everyone is different. The impacts of a high ACEs score range may have longterm effects on some, and very few effects on others. Conversely, a low score may impact one person greatly and another not at all. The intensity and duration of the trauma(s) endured are just some factors that may influence the long-term effects on an individual. Research shows that trauma and resilience are also inherited through genetics, which may not be reflected in an ACEs score.

Since ACEs were first identified by researchers, additional traumatic events are also considered Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as community trauma due to violence, unstable housing, or uncertain immigration status.

Whatever you may learn from the process of taking this quiz, the most important thing to remember is you can gather the tools you need to heal, or bounce back. This is resilience. 

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The Resilience Quizzes

Click below to get a copy of our Resilience Quizzes. These quizzes are provided as a guide to help you find out where you are building resilience, and where you might need some help. Our Child Resilience Quiz is for parents to provide for their children and can guide parents to ways to help children build their resilience muscles.

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Image: This is a T-shirt design from our Healthy Generations Project, a parent-led program to reduce stress for parents while offering community dinners and educationally enriching activities for kids. Parenting is hard. When we get triggered a good thing to do is slow down. Take a breath, stay calm, and care not just for our children, but for ourselves too.

More ways to learn about ourselves

This fun "personality test" is simply a conversation starter to get our kids to talk about things that matter to them. Watch this video and see if you can get your teen to play The Forest Story game. It's also fun for adults and can be a great way to skip the small talk and have more meaningful conversations.