ACE Project

Welcome to the Connections ACEs Project Website!  Here you will find your Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) score by completing a brief, optional, 10 question survey.  You will also have access to additional resources to learn more about ACEs and Resilience.  All participants who return a completed survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $49.99 gift card.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) showed that common types of early trauma—such as neglect, physical, verbal or sexual abuse, or having a parent with a mental illness—raised the risk for a host of physical, emotional and social problems later in life.  Trauma leaves tracks in the developing brain. Stress, from that trauma, literally gets under the skin, affecting the immune system, heart health, even the expression of our genes. When early trauma happens in even years later, in poor school performance, substance abuse, violence or mental illness, all of us pay the price.  But ACEs are not destiny, and early trauma does not have to dictate a life story.

Research shows that building resilience can cushion the impact of trauma in a child’s life by buffering the impact of suffering and/or stress. Resilience is the capacity to thrive in both good times and   ones and it can be built and nourished at any age. It isn’t just a gift of nature or an exercise of will; resilience grows through positive experiences, supportive environments, and the caring intervention of others. Individuals are resilient when they reflect on and grow from their own mistakes. Families show resilience when they rally after a death or a loss. Communities shine with resilience when they use their strengths to manage the challenges within their neighborhood.
By completing the survey and knowing your ACEs score, you can help become a positive impact to yourself, your family, and your community.  Your participation in the study is very important to the Connections program. The results of this study will help us to better serve all families in our community. Thank you!

Connections Team Family Futures

(616) 454-4673

Gwenden Dueker Associate Professor, Psychology

Grand Valley State University