Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Questionnaire

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Questionnaire (Felitti et al., 1998) is a 10-item measure used to measure childhood trauma. The questionnaire assesses 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal: physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to other family members: a parent who’s an alcoholic, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment.

Measure Source Article:

Felitti, Anda, Nordenberg, Williamson, Spitz, Edwards,…Marks. (1998). Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14(4), 245-258.

Related Article(s):

  1. Meinck, Cosma, Mikton, & Baban. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Abuse Short Form (ACE-ASF) among Romanian high school students. Child Abuse & Neglect, 72, 326-337.

Translation Information:

The measure is available in the following languages: English and Spanish. Translations were performed by ACE Response, a partnership between Prevent Child Abuse America and the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Social Welfare.

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