HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO THESE 10 ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES?
When parents are absent, neglectful, abusive, or fail to provide a safe, stable, and loving environment, children grow up to be adults with problems.
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The study has demonstrated a direct association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and health and social problems as an adult. The data from the ACE Test is taken from tens of thousands of participants across the United States over a period of nearly two decades.
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*Answer yes or no for each of the following questions. Each yes answer is one point.
Prior to your 18th birthday:
- 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? Y/N
- 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? Y/N
- Did an adult or 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? Y/N
- 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? Y/N
- 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? Y/N
- Were your parents ever separated or divorced? Y/N
- 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 over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife? Y/N
- Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs? Y/N
- Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide? Y/N
- Did a household member go to prison? Y/N
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Credit: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Unfortunately, as you score higher on the ACE Test, you also have a higher risk of social and mental health problems and even disease.
Does this mean you need therapy? A 12 step group? Group therapy? What about in-patient? EMDR Eye Movement Therapy?
The bad news is that according to research from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), if you score high on the ACE Test the answer is probably yes.
- Myocardial infarction
- Mental distress
- Reported income
- Lowered educational attainment
- Coronary heart disease
It’s important to note that just because you have a high ACE score doesn’t mean you’re doomed. You may have had many positive experiences in your life that balance out the bad things that happened.