Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Questionnaire is a simple scoring system that attributes one point for each category of adverse childhood experience. It is intended to be used as a broad screener for childhood experiences that may significantly influence health and functioning.

Total number of questions


Administration method


Standardized cadence


Age range

Children and adults



Scoring and interpretation

There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACEs Questionnaire. 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. Each type of trauma counts as one. So a person who’s been physically abused, with one alcoholic parent, and a mother who was beaten up has an ACE score of three. The most important thing to remember is that the ACE score is meant as a guideline to lead to further inquire and conversation between patient and provider.

Reliability and validity

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