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.
If you experience strong emotions when recalling your own experiences or sadness/regret about the experiences of your children or loved ones and need immediate support and resources, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.