Adverse Childhood Experience Survey (ACES)
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.
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.
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:
- ACE Study — CDC
- Take the ACE Quiz (+ What It Does & Doesn’t Mean) — NPR
- Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth: Tennessee’s ACEs Initiative
- kidcentral tn: Protecting Your Child and Building Resiliency
- ACE Awareness Foundation
- Tennessee Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation