for completing the ACEs Assessment

Avery Burton Foundation

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As your ACEs score increases, the risk of disease and social and emotional problems increases. Learn more about the ACEs study by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website.



Your Score is based upon the number of "Yes" Selections

  1. ACEs Score of 3 or Less:
    • If your ACEs score is 3 or less, it suggests that you have experienced a relatively low number of adverse childhood experiences. This is considered favorable for your overall growth, development, and well-being.
    • People with lower ACEs scores often have a lower risk of developing certain physical and mental health issues associated with childhood trauma.
    • However, it’s essential to keep in mind that even one adverse experience can have a life-changing impact, so addressing any adverse experiences and seeking support if needed is still valuable.
  2. ACEs Score of 4 to 7:
    • If your ACEs score falls between 4 and 7, it indicates that you have experienced a moderate number of adverse childhood experiences.
    • People with ACEs scores in this range may be at a higher risk of experiencing physical and mental health challenges later in life compared to those with lower scores.
    • There might be a need for additional support, such as culturally-competent therapy, to address the effects of these childhood experiences and to build emotional resilience.
  3. ACEs Score of 8 or Above:
    • If your ACEs score is 8 or above, it suggests that you have experienced a high number of adverse childhood experiences.
    • People with higher ACEs scores are at a significantly increased risk of developing various physical and mental health conditions, as well as facing challenges in multiple areas of their life.
    • These individuals have a critical need for support, intervention, and healing to address the impact of these life-changing, traumatic experiences. Seeking professional help from therapists, support groups, or other mental health resources is strongly recommended for anyone with an ACEs Score of 8 or above.
It’s important to note that ACEs scores are not a determinant of an individual’s destiny, but rather a tool to identify potential risk factors. People with higher ACEs scores can still lead fulfilling lives with the right support and interventions. Conversely, having a lower ACEs score does not guarantee immunity to life’s challenges. Everyone’s experiences are unique. It’s important to remember that emotional resilience and healing are possible at any point in life. People can heal and learn how to cultivate mental wellness in their lives.
If you’re concerned about your ACEs score or the impact of childhood trauma, consider seeking help from mental health professionals who can provide personalized support and guidance to address these issues effectively.
If you are experiencing an emergency health crisis, dial “988”.

Now that you have your ACEs score, you can visit our resources page to find help find support. When you make an appointment with your counselor or therapist, share your ACEs score with them because it will help them understand how childhood events have influenced your behavior and development.

Every person’s healing journey is unique and a licensed professional will help you practice strategies for building emotional resilience. With intentional action, compassion, and self-care, you can expect to feel better and your relationships will improve.