What are ACEs?
ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences are traumatic events which have occurred before a person's 18th birthday. These typically include:
- Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Physical or emotional neglect
- Domestic violence
- Parental separation or divorce
- Substance dependence, incarceration, or mental illness of a parent or relative
Provided these criteria, ACEs are often considered in terms of a cumulative score which ranges from 0 to 10. When calculating an ACE score, each type of trauma counts as one point, no matter how many times it occurs. The higher one's ACE score, the greater their risk for chronic disease, mental illness, violence and/or becoming a victim of violence. Sound familiar? Get help now.
What is your ACE Score?