The original ACE Study involved more than 17,000 individuals and more than 200 questions. This is not a health screening tool. It is simply a survey about risk factors for the population as a whole. For any physical, mental, emotional or social health issues, you should seek professional help. Questions regarding your mother or step-mother being physically accosted were in the original ACE Study questionnaire. However, the LONGSCAN Study (Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse & Neglect) has subsequently provided deep research and data demonstrating that this type of abuse (intimate partner violence) is common against fathers or step-fathers, as well. The LONGSCAN also tells us that Intimate Partner Violence has the most significant, negative, deepest impact on a child’s development into adulthood. Also, a child does not have to actually witness the violent act itself (be it physical or verbal) for this damage to occur. Simply hearing acts of violence is enough to cause the damage in a child’s development and emotions.

Please know that taking the following survey may activate emotions in you, which may be disturbing. If you experienced adversity in your childhood, we highly recommend you take this survey only when you have appropriate support nearby such as someone you can trust or a mental health professional. Once you take the survey and click Submit, you will be directed to another page that will show you your ACE score, a graph of ACE scores of hundreds of others that have taken this survey (which may normalize this topic for you), a Resilience survey to show you what good things you had in your childhood that may have helped mitigate any adversity you experienced, and many resources to begin learning about the ACE Study, its implications, how to get help for yourself or others, and how to get involved in this movement called Elevate Montana to help the children and families of Montana.

Finding Your ACE Score

While you were growing up, during your first 18 years of life:

1. Please enter your ZIP code:
(Please note that we only collect this information for statistics and not for identification.)

2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…

Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you?
Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
3. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…

Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you?
Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
4. Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever…

Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way?
Attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?
5. Did you often or very often feel that …

No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special?
Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
6. Did you often or very often feel that…

You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you?
Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed
7. Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
8. Was your mother or stepmother:

Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her?
Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard?
Ever repeatedly hit at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
9. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic or who used street drugs?
10. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?
11. Did a household member go to prison?