Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACE's are defined as stressful or traumatic experiences.
Adverse Childhood Experiences may including abuse, neglect and a range of household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence, or growing up with substance abuse, mental illness, parental discord, or crime in the home. ACEs are strongly related to development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems, including substance abuse, throughout the lifespan.
ACE studies asked question about abuse, neglect and other household dysfunction. What was so amazing about the study, is that it showed a link between childhood trauma and chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems.
These are things like Heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes as well as depression, violence, being a victim of violence and suicide.
In the spring of 2012 Shasta County conducted a confidential telephone survey about knowledge and attitudes in regards to mental health. 576 Shasta County residents participated in the survey. 281 of those where asked to complete an ACE questionnaire.
What we ended up finding out is that Shasta County residents have dramatically higher ACE scores then other parts of the country.
Shasta county, in fact, almost always doubles the national average of Adverse Childhood Experience. With verbal abuse being the highest ACE factor for Abuse.
And Household Substance Abuse being the highest for Household Dysfunction. Again the statistics are very alarming against the national average.
There is not one ACE factor that fell below the national average.
Shasta County residents have experienced more ACEs when compared to other parts of the country. More than half of Shasta County residents have 3 or more ACEs, while the majority of residents in other parts of the country have 0 or 1 ACE.
Family Health History and Health Appraisal questionnaires
The Family Health History and Health Appraisal questionnaires were used to collect information on childhood maltreatment, household dysfunction, and other socio-behavioral factors examined in the ACE Study. The questionnaires are not copyrighted and there are no fees for their use.
As a courtesy, a copy of articles on any research conducted using items from the questionnaires is requested.
Family Health History Questionnaire
· Male Version[PDF 183KB]
· Female Version[PDF 196KB]
Health Appraisal Questionnaire
· Male Version[PDF 208KB]
· Female Version[PDF 109KB]