Take the ACE's Quiz

There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal — physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Each type of trauma counts as one.

The most important thing to remember is that the ACE score is meant as a guideline: If you experienced other types of toxic stress over months or years, then those would likely increase your risk of health consequences. Get your score now.

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* 1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…
a) Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or
b) Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?

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* 2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…
a) Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or
b) Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?

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* 3. Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever…
a) Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? or
b) Attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?

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* 4. Did you often or very often feel that …
a) No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or
b) Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?

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

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* 6. Were your parents ever separated or divorced?

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* 7. Was your mother or stepmother:
a) Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped or had something thrown at her? or
b) Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or
c) Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?

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* 8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?

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* 9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?

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* 10. Did a household member go to prison?

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