Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The Landmark ACE Study Included 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences:

  • 3 in regards to abuse (physical, emotional and sexual)
  • 2 dealing with neglect (physical and emotional) and
  • 5 referring to household dysfunction (household member with mental illness, a mom treated violently, not having 2 parents in the home, an incarcerated relative, and/or a family member who abuses substances).

An ACE score is the total number of ACEs reported. Although these 10 were measured in the original study, there are other types of childhood trauma, such as bullying, poverty, and racism that may also be traumatic

(Coming Next: The Results of the Original ACE Study)

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation