By: Kristine Alarcon
An Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) score is an indicator of neglect, abuse, and other types of hallmarks in a rough childhood. Individuals with a higher ACE score have an increased risk of developing health issues.
Your ACE score can be determined with a quiz here.
The ACE score is only an indicator of one risk among many. A person’s genes, diet, and habits like drinking or smoking should also be taken into account when considering the overall health of an individual. Also, ACE scores do not factor in positive experiences such as having support from friends, other family members, or other close relationships.
Kristine Alarcon graduated at the University of San Francisco with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She is working towards certification in Sterile Processing and Distribution. She is a Social Media Assistant at Cancer InCytes Magazine.
Starecheski, Laura. “Take the ACE Quiz and Learn What It Does and Doesn’t Mean.” National Public Radio. Retrieved on May 9, 2015. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean
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