Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Quiz

 

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. Please keep in mind that this quiz asks personal questions regarding your own childhood, including some topics that may be sensitive or even triggering. If you would like to skip right to the Resilience Quiz, click here. 

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_

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
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_

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_

Were your parents ever separated or divorced?

No_

If Yes, enter 1_

6

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

#8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?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 affects on some, and very few affects on others. Conversely, a low score may impact one person greatly and another not at all. Intensity and duration of the trauma(s) endured are just some factors which may influence the longterm effects on an individual. Research shows that trauma and resilience are also inherited through genetics, which may not be reflected in an ACEs score.

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. 

 

Resilience Quiz 

What do we do if we know we have a lot of ACEs? Scientists tell us we have something called brain "plasticity". Plasticity means our brains can learn new ways to cope, can find a new perspective on a problem meaning, we can change! Resilience means we find ways to bend despite the things in life that could make us break. Take this Resilience Quiz to find out where you might have resilience "muscles" and areas of your life where you could build strength. Once you have your score you can learn more about how to increase your resilience quotient through our 6 Building Blocks for Resilience.

 

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