How many ACES do you have?

 

Grab an old fashioned pen and paper and keep track of your score. Add how many "yes" answers you have to the following questions to obtain your ACE 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

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_

 

What does your score mean?

The lower your score on this quiz, 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, and impacts can range from no long-term effects from a high ACEs score to many effects from a low score. The intensity of the trauma and/or its duration are factors. Research shows that for some, managing ACEs or being Resilient to early childhood stresses is genetic. 

The most important thing to learn from ACE tests is that you can heal and grow to live the life you want to have by building resilience. 

Resilience is the ability to manage stress even though we might feel the impacts including sadness, anger, emotional dysregulation, and other anxiety. Building resilience is possible because stress impacts our brains and our brains have what is called, "plasticity" - meaning it can learn and change. 

 

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