Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


'The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.' Center for Disease Control website.

The study looks at the impact of the following ten forms of childhood trauma:


Online ACE Quizz


'An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems.' (www.npr.org)

A person's score out of 10 has a strong correlation with numerous health, social and behavioural problems in later life including:

The ACE Quizz can be used as a quick reference tool for discovering the extent of early trauma, and is also a helpful research tool. However, it is also important to bear in mind that, 'ACE scores don't tally the positive experiences in early life that can help build resilience and protect a child from the effects of trauma. Having a grandparent who loves you, a teacher who understands and believes in you, or a trusted friend you can confide in may mitigate the long-term effects of early trauma, psychologists say.' U.S. National Public Radio website.

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