What's an ACE? Study explores childhood trauma

The Snoqualmie Community Network is examining a study that suggests adverse childhood experiences can have big impacts on success in life.

An adverse childhood experience, or ACE, can be a variety of problems. ACE study participants answered more than 200 questions for the study, but you can get a general idea of your own ACE score by answering the following questions, from the ACEs Too High website. Each “yes” answer is one point, and each “no” answer is zero.

Before your 18th birthday:

1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often swear at you, insult you or humiliate you? Act in a way that made you afraid of being physically hurt?

2. Did a parent or other adult often push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?

3. Did any person at least 5 years older than you ever touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way?

4. Did you often feel that no one in your family loved you or thought you were special?

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

6. Was a biological parent ever lost to you through divorce, abandonment, or another reason?

7. Was your mother or stepmother often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? Kicked, bitten, hit 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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