Get your ACE score
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Click here to take the ACE test.
Fill in Yes or No for each question and click the submit button to get your ACE score. Then click the next links for more about what your score means.
Before 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, 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 that 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 that 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 were they sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard, or were they 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?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are common. We know this thanks to the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study of 1995-1997. In that survey, almost two-thirds of more than 17,000 adult participants reported at least one ACE, and more than one in five reported three or more. In addition, the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health estimated nearly half of children under 18 experienced at least one ACE.
The CDC-Kaiser ACE Study further showed ACEs are strongly linked to risk factors for disease and well-being throughout a person's life. What's more, it found that as the number of ACEs a person experienced rose, so did the intensity of those risk factors. That means people with more ACEs are at greater risk of disease, including depression and substance abuse, and things like teen pregnancy and intimate partner violence.
The National Survey of Children's Health study also found one in five youths under 18 experienced two or more ACEs. Across the 50 states, the percentages ranged from 15 percent for New York to 31 percent for Arizona. New Mexico was one of 11 states where the rate of children with two or more ACEs was significantly higher than the national average.
Here’s the first thing to know about your ACE score: It doesn’t predict the future. You’re not doomed. The survey is chiefly a tool to show the health risks you might (or might not) face. A high score, generally considered four or more ACEs, is associated with greater risks than a lower score (see wellness tips HERE in the "solutions" sidebar).
But remember: The survey doesn’t tally your resilience or the effects of positive experiences in your life. Both those things counteract the negatives.
If you’re concerned about your ACE score, talk to a healthcare provider. If you’ve suffered severe childhood trauma, get help from a compassionate, trauma-informed professional.
Learn more about ACEs at these links:
The Center on the Developing Child
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Read the original ACE study.