måndag 29 oktober 2007

Finding Your ACE Score...

Photo from SR Norrbotten.
These questions from the ACE-study can give one an indication of what abuse is I think:
1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often...
  • Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you?
  • Act in a way that made you afraid that you may be physically hurt?
2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often...
  • Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you?
  • Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
3. Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever...
  • Touch you or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way?
  • Attempt or actually have oral, anal or vaginal intercourse with you?
4. Did you often or very often feel that...
  • No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special?
  • Your family didn't look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
5. Did you often or very often feel that you...
  • Didn't have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you?
  • Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed?
6. Were your parents ever separated or divorced?
  • Yes.
  • No.
7. Was you mother or stepmother:
  • Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her?
  • Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard?
  • Ever repeatedly hit at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic or who used street drugs?
  • Yes.
  • No.
9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?
  • Yes.
  • No.
10. Did a household member go to prison?
  • Yes.
  • No.

And what about emotional abuse?
The more or better you have processed these things the better?? Maybe only by writing about it?

And as it stands on the ACE-site:
"It's not just water
under the bridge.
ACEs are surprisingly
among people of
all social strata, and have
consequences. For many
people, it's not possible to
'just get over it'."

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