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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosts the official website for information about the ACE Study, including the original ACE Study questionnaires and articles resulting from the Study. In 2007, responding to popular demand for a condensed version of the original questionnaires, Dr. Anda created The ACE Score Calculator, which allows individuals to calculate their own ACE Scores, based on the original scoring criteria of the ACE Study. To use this survey, add up all of the YES responses. The sum is the ACE Score. The ACE Score can range from "0", meaning no exposure to the ten categories of child abuse and trauma investigated by the Study, to "10", meaning exposure to all ten categories. The Study found the higher the ACE Score, the greater the risk of experiencing poor physical and mental health, and negative social consequences later in life. Here is the Calculator. If, on completion, you find any of the questions made you feel uncomfortable, or caused you distress, please contact your licensed healthcare provider for help. If you do not currently have a healthcare provider, call 211 or contact your local children's hospital or children's advocacy center for information on local resources. If your reaction causes extreme distress, call 911 to address an emergency situation. NOTE: Sometimes people take exception to the phrasing of questions 3, 6, and 7, arguing that sexual assault by anyone of any age is traumatic, that the death of a parent should be included, and that both males and females can be victims of domestic violence. If, when taking the survey, you prefer to modify the questions to allow for these factors, you may feel free to do so. No new participants are being sought for the Study. You can download a pdf version of the questions.
Finding Your ACE Score
While you were growing up, during your first 18 years of life:
1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt? If yes enter 1 ________ 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? If yes enter 1 ________ 3. Did an adult 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? If yes enter 1 ________ 4. Did you often or very often feel that …No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other? If yes enter 1 ________ 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 Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it? If yes enter 1 ________ 6. Were your parents ever separated or divorced? If yes enter 1 ________ 7. Was your mother or stepmother: Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife? If yes enter 1 ________ 8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic or who used street drugs? If yes enter 1 ________ 9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide? If yes enter 1 ________ 10. Did a household member go to prison? If yes enter 1 _______
Now add up your “Yes” answers: _______ This is your ACE Score.