What's An ACE?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is the term used to define exposure to specific categories of childhood abuse, neglect, and other traumatic stressors and/or household dysfunction within the first 18 years of life.

The ACE Study examined the following nine categories:

Any physical punishment that is more than a single spanking, including slapping, punching, pushing, hitting, etc.
Constant yelling, bashing, talking down to, belittling, etc.
Any type of emotional or physical contact that is inappropriate
A household member that abuses drugs or alcohol (gets drunk or high regularly).
A family member that is in prison.
A parent being physically attacked or spoken to in a negative way.
A parent has passed away, parents are separated/divorced, child doesn't have contact with one parent, etc.
Child receives no hugs, kisses, words of encouragement, basic needs aren't met (they aren't fed, bathed, clothes are dirty, etc.), etc.