Is There a Child Version of the ACEs Survey?

Hi Dave,

Thank you for your question. As it happens, we did a similar search last year and came up empty. In the end we developed a child-friendly version of the questionnaire in the fall of 2016. We used it (with good results) for a large group of 11- and 12- year olds. Together with a colleague I hope to publish a short article on ACEs Connection next week, including the questionnaire, our research results and how we intend to incorporate these in our trauma-informed care plans. You are free to use this questionnaire, although it is in Dutch and is therefore probably in need of translation to meet your goals.

Kind regards and to be continued,

Tim Mulder, Augeo Foundation, The Netherlands

Some pediatricians have ACEs questions they ask parents about their children, as well as a version for youth.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris' survey has both here:

You can find an ACEs questionnaire used for youth in this story about the Elsie Allen High School health clinic:

Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell developed a whole child assessment survey that incorporates ACEs questions. There are different questions for different age groups, and youth take their own. More here:

Dr. Christina Bethell incorporated ACEs and resilience questions into the National Survey of Children's Health -- here's an article about it:

I hope this helps!

In Arkansas we are using a tool in early childcare and home visiting settings we developed ( successfully.  The tool is useful for intervention and evaluation as well as including a screen for preschool ACEs.

McKelvey, L. M., Whiteside-Mansell, L., Conners-Burrow, N.A., Swindle, T., & Fitzgerald, S. (2016).  Assessing adverse experiences from infancy through early childhood. Child Abuse and Neglect, 51, 295-302. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.09.008


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