Validation of ACEs survey?

I have review the 1998 article that is cited on the CDC website as the article for the development of the ACEs survey.  I was surprised that it did not include standard survey development procedures, in particular psychometric measures of reliability and validity. Sometimes this does not happen in the first article, so I am wondering if others could point me to such methodological research articles. 

Thanks in advance!

Rachel

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Thanks, Jane! The article listed under test-retest reliability (and bias assessment) is certainly part of what I am looking for. (And it's great how they turned a mistake to their advantage).

However, this is not comparing the scale to other similar measures nor does it test the various forms of validity, including checks for confounding variables. There's a German version that does some of that, at least based on the abstract, which is also provided in English (I haven't been able to access the actual article... it's behind a $32 paywall...). I don't see anything similar on the CDC site.

And here is an abstract for a scale development article for the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. I am looking for something similar for ACEs...

 

Rachel, Would it also help your reliability assessment, to review the World Health Organization's (WHO) ACE International Questionaire (available on their website in a number of languages)?  WHO used the U.S. CDC/Kaiser ACE screening tool..., but modified it, for use in their 2013 assessment of the world's healthiest children. I believe WHO developed additional questions to apply to more than the initially 8 / later 10 U.S. CDC/Kaiser ACE study issues/questions.

Rachel, Thank You so much for the link to "a validation study."-                                      -the fact that it was done in Nigeria using responses from 253 prison inmates there, using both the World Health Organization ACE International Questionaire, and the Childhood Trauma Questionaire (CTQ)- ............. -noted in the article from Research on Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 5, no. 11, 2015, ..............may be helpful to our ACEs Connection allies in Vermont working on their 2013 legislative house bill 762 which proposed requiring All Vermont Health Care providers to screen ALL patients, regardless of age, for ACEs, ......... as the last paragraph of the first page [numbered page 18 of the journal], and the remainder of that paragraph on the following page, may address some concerns of the 'Vermont [ACEs] working group", and the Pediatrician/Legislator who sponsored the 2013 bill.

Perhaps the National Conference of State Legislatures might have a sense of which, if any,  states may be trying to address similar concerns.

I knew there was a reason to include that link . Glad it was useful, Robert!

I am curious why they aren't considering the CTQ itself (or maybe they are)... There is a shorter version of it as well - and based on what I've seen (which is still rather limited, of course, hence my curiosity) has much more psychometric analyses as well as research usage behind it (based on this review). Any insights?

Dear Rachel,

Checkout :Understanding Interpersonal Trauma In Children: Why We Need a Developmentally Appropriate Trauma Diagnosis

The validating research of ACEs is VAST, it is just fragmented.  This article is a comprehensive lit. review.  Its a little hard to unpack--but so impressive!

Hope it helps

Kay

Thanks, Kay! I will check out the article, although it does not address the type of validating research I am asking about.  I have no doubt in my mind that childhood trauma exists and has long-term impacts on people, including physiological.  What I am looking for is research that shows that the specific 10-question instrument used is a valid and reliable way of capturing childhood trauma.

Rachel Buddeberg posted:

Thanks, Kay! I will check out the article, although it does not address the type of validating research I am asking about.  I have no doubt in my mind that childhood trauma exists and has long-term impacts on people, including physiological.  What I am looking for is research that shows that the specific 10-question instrument used is a valid and reliable way of capturing childhood trauma.

Hi! Just wondering if you ever found research demonstrating the validity and reliability of the 10-question ACE study survey. Thanks!

Hi Rachel, hope you well! I am writing a Research Protocol and the ACE IQ is one of the tools we will use. I need to include information on the reliability and validity of the tool itself and in my search came across your similar request! Am wondering if you found any useful papers that are not listed on this thread? I can't seem to find much on it despite an extensive search. Many thanks, Anne-Marie 

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