Adverse Childhood Experience Survey (ACES)

Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 12.23.35 PMThe ACE Survey (Adverse Childhood Experiences) was developed decades ago to examine the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and poor medical and mental health outcomes in adulthood.

There is significant research indicating that individuals who have an ACE score of four or more are much more likely to have negative medical outcomes and suffer from mental health issues as adults.

The ACE scale includes ten questions related to issues such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse in the household as well as depression and whether a household member was incarcerated.

Take the ACE Survey.

Resiliency Scale

The other side of the ACE Survey is the Resiliency Scale.

There are many things which can mitigate adverse childhood experiences. The most powerful buffer against toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences is the presence of one caring, safe adult.

Download the Resiliency Scale.

Education & Action

When communities educate themselves about toxic stress and ACEs, collective impact on behalf of children and families can:

  • Promote positive parenting
  • Reduce adverse childhood experiences
  • Promote violence free homes

Use these links to learn more: