Questioning the use of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) questionnaires.

  title={Questioning the use of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) questionnaires.},
  author={John D. McLennan and Harriet L MacMillan and Tracie O. Afifi},
  journal={Child abuse \& neglect},

Can the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) checklist be utilized to predict emergency department visits among children and adolescents?

The ACEs checklist did not perform well in predicting ED visits among children and adolescents with existing mental health concerns, and the diverse causes of ED visits may have hindered accurate predictions, requiring more advanced statistical procedures.

Is ACEs Screening for Adolescent Mental Health Accurate and Fair?

Whether an adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) measure was accurate and fair as an index of environmental risk for adolescent mental health diagnoses and the importance of testing statistical fairness for preventive mental health screening are examined.

Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the First Decade of Life: A Study in the Portuguese Cohort, Generation XXI

This study estimates the prevalence of ACEs in children, addressing associated sociodemographic characteristics and examining the relationship ofACEs with the child’s health and behaviors, and observed that the dimensions of Aces could be identified at 10 years of age.

Does screening or routine enquiry for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) meet criteria for a screening programme? A rapid evidence summary.

There is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the implementation of a screening programme for ACEs, and further research is needed to determine whether routine enquiry can improve morbidity, mortality, health and wellbeing.

The association between adverse childhood experiences and childhood obesity: A systematic review

Findings suggest ACEs are associated with childhood obesity, and a need for greater attention to ACEs in the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

Health Care Access and Quality Among Children Exposed to Adversity: Implications for Universal Screening of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Findings indicate that greater ACEs were associated with poorer quality medical care and greater difficulty accessing needed mental health treatment, and universal screening for ACEs should be considered with caution.

Global evidence on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on health and wellbeing

The article focuses on India’s ACE and mental health implications based on the evidence that ACEs are associated with higher odds of mental disorders, risky behavior linked to poor quality of life, and chronic disease in adulthood after controlling for relevant demographic and socioeconomic factors.

Should COVID-19 be considered an adverse child experience?

  • D. Duncan
  • Medicine
    British Journal of Child Health
  • 2021
This article considers the literature and asks the question ‘Can COVID-19 be considered an ACE itself?’ and the long-term implications of an accumulation of risk and harm need to be considered and embedded in practice, to effectively respond to the future needs of vulnerable children.



Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in an Integrated Pediatric Care Model.

The theoretical framework and rationale for ACE screening in a primary care pediatric setting is described, the CYW Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire is introduced, and the BCHC-CYW Integrated Pediatric Care Model aimed at addressing the effects of ACEs and toxic stress is described.

Validity of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire in an adolescent psychiatric population.

These initial findings suggest that the CTQ is a sensitive and valid screening questionnaire for childhood trauma in an adolescent psychiatric inpatient setting.

Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families

The informative and controversial findings in this book are based on two path-breaking national surveys of American families. Both show that while the family may be the central locus of love and