Adverse Child Events

Before studying this page, please ensure you feel safe. Stop after each question and feel if you have any stress in your body. Here are techniques that help, Ways to Calm Down

Here is more information on ACEs.

Research is continuing on the adverse effects of stress and trauma, which is more devastating if they occur in childhood. Exposure to racial discrimination, minority stress, and past generational trauma is now considered an important ACE marker. Racism is an ACE.

This is only a guideline. One major trauma can make more difference than many smaller insults. If one parent harms you, another can offset that harm with compassion and love. Surviving trauma brings with it resilience. We who have survived trauma are wounded warriors.

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Please notice your body's response to these questions. Answer the questions slowly and notice any emotional responses.


Please stop if you feel upset.

These are questions about your childhood, from birth to age 18 years.


In your home, were you often sworn at, insulted, put down, or humiliated? Or Did household member(s) make you feel unsafe or afraid that you might be physically hurt?
Did a parent or other adult in the household often … Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
Were you ever… touched or fondled or asked to touch an older person in a sexual way? or Try to or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal sex with you?
Did you often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
Were you often hungry? Did you have to wear dirty clothes? Was there no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or your health?
Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
Was a parent often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at them? Or sometimes or often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic or who used street drugs?
Was a household member depressed or mentally ill or did a household member attempt suicide?
Did a household member go to prison?

Childhood adverse events and adult trauma or repetitive stress affect your body (biology) your mind (psychology) and social interactions (social).  Healing takes place through your body, mind, and social interactions.  

Here is a link to More Information on ACEs.

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