ACE Test

There are many kinds of childhood trauma. This test asks specific questions about the most common types of traumatic stress a child may experience growing up. Answer all 10 questions to reveal your ACE score.

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You have your score, so what does it mean?

You may have noticed that each yes counts as one point toward your ACE score. As your total points increase, so does your risk for developing chronic disease, as well as social and emotional problems in adulthood. Once an ACE score reaches four or more, the chance of developing those health issues is substantially greater.

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug use
  • Missed work
  • Severe obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Suicide attempts
  • STDs
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Broken bones

The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) discovered those people who had higher ACE scores were more likely to suffer from a variety of conditions, including physical and mental health illness like obesity and depression, and behavioral illness like drug use and sedentary lifestyle.

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Please make sure you have selected an answer for all ten questions.

Prior to your 18th birthday:

  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?
  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?
  3. 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?
  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?
  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?
  6. Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
  7. 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?
  8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?
  9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?
  10. Did a household member go to prison?

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