Our friends Dr. Anda and Laura Porter have long objected to using the ACEs questionnaire as a screening tool. This is a wonderful article from our friends in Michigan about this very topic.

“The purpose of screening for ACEs should not be to obtain a score. The purpose should be to start a conversation, a conversation that will hopefully lead to a slowing or halt in the progression of bad things happening in an individual’s or a family’s life. It is so easy to assume that someone who reports a high ACE score is doomed to a miserable life and if that person is a parent, that their children are thus at high risk.”

Read the rest of the article here: Using ACE Information in Clinical Settings