The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is an ongoing research project which is perhaps the largest scientific research study of its kind. Its purpose it to analyze the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma and health and behavioral outcomes later in life.
ACE is examining the effects of:
* Recurrent physical abuse
* Recurrent emotional abuse
* Contact sexual abuse
* An alcohol and/or drug abuser in the household
* An incarcerated household member
* Someone who is chronically depressed, mentally ill, institutionalized, or suicidal
* Mother is treated violently
* One or no parents
* Emotional or physical neglect
To learn more about the study, and to calculate your own ACE score, take a look at the link below.
* The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study