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Do You Have Adverse Childhood Experiences? Take the Quiz

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Find out if you have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with this short, 10-question quiz.  

For each time you answer yes, give yourself one point.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Quiz

Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no."

The quiz organizes events by category, and the maximum score for any single question is one. If you answer yes to any part of the question, it counts as one "yes." If you answer yes to all parts of the question, it still counts as one "yes." 

Before the age of 18: Yes or No
1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? Or did they act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt? [  ] Yes  [  ] No
2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? Or, did they ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured? [  ] Yes [  ] No
3. 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, did they try to or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal sex with you? [  ] Yes [  ] No
4. Did you often feel that no one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? Or did you often feel that your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other? [  ] Yes [  ] No
5. Did you often feel that you didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? Or did you often feel that your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it? [  ] Yes [  ] No
6. Were your parents ever separated or divorced? [  ] Yes [  ] No
7. Was your mother or stepmother often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? Or was she sometimes or often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? Or was she ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife? [  ] Yes [  ] No
8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic or who used street drugs? [  ] Yes [  ] No
9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill or did a household member attempt suicide? [  ] Yes [  ] No
10. Did a household member go to prison? [  ] Yes [  ] No

Add up all your “yes” answers for your ACE Score.


Scoring Your Adverse Childhood Experiences

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente conducted a major study on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on a whole host of medical and mental health conditions.

Approximately 64% of people who were part of the original CDC/Kaiser Permanente survey had at least one ACE.

So if you have one, you’re actually in the majority. Having one, two, or three ACEs is sadly common even in this day and age.

If you have four or more ACEs, that is considered significant; an estimated 12% of the overall population has four or more ACEs.

Total Number of ACEs % Reporting Cumulative %
4 or more 12% 12%
3 10% 22%
2 16% 38%
1 26% 64%
0 36% 36%

Again, remember that everyone responds differently to adverse childhood experiences.

If you’ve struggled in the past, now you have an opportunity to rewrite your life and change course. The trauma that you endured doesn’t have to define you.

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As a non 12 step rehab, we understand that adverse childhood experiences often are the underlying core issues for a whole plethora of coping behaviors, including addictions. To learn more about healing these issues, download our free eBook:

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Caroline McGraw

This post was written by Caroline McGraw

In addition to her work as "the voice of The Clearing", Caroline Garnet McGraw writes about trading perfectionism for possibility at A Wish Come Clear. Visit and receive your free Perfectionist Recovery Toolkit today!

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