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APPPAH is proud to announce the creation of the Adverse Early Experiences (AEE) and Resiliency Surveys, a series of questionnaires patterned after the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.  The AEE allows users to discover their own adverse early childhood experiences and resiliency scores. We invite you to participate in the survey here.

Marti Glenn, originator of the AEE, along with Kate White, states, “Research from many disciplines demonstrate that our earliest experiences lay the foundation for mental and physical health, our capacity for meaningful relationships and resiliency throughout the lifespan. Understanding these links can be a vital step in healing and creating greater resiliency.”

“We know that challenges in childhood influence our health in many ways.  But what would that mean for challenges prenatally, during birth or postpartum?  These questionnaires look to measure the impact of overwhelming events in the prenatal and perinatal period,” said Kate White, APPPAH Department of Education Director.  “The Resiliency questionnaire is intended to support the positive experiences from that time as well.”

About the AEE Survey

The AEE Survey, accessed here, is four short questionnaires together: Adverse Early Experiences, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resiliency Score and a Pre and Perinatal Resiliency Score.  

The ACEs and the Resiliency Score are familiar to many.  The ACEs study was developed in the 1990’s by Kaiser Permanente and it correlates overwhelming experiences in childhood with health conditions as adults. There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal — physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to other family members: a parent who’s an alcoholic, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment. In the questionnaire, each type of trauma you experienced as a child counts as "one."

The Adverse Early Experiences score is drawn from decades of research and practice in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. The issues highlighted here are often foundational to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and contribute to later physical and mental disorders.  We are seeking to establish links to ACES, Resiliency scores, and to health issues later in life.    

The Resiliency scores represent protective experiences from early life. The first Resiliency questionnaire was developed by the early childhood service providers, pediatricians, psychologists, and health advocates of Southern Kennebec Healthy Start, Augusta, Maine, in 2006, and updated in February 2013. Two psychologists in the group, Mark Rains and Kate McClinn, formulated the 14 statements with editing suggestions by the other members of the group. The scoring system was modeled after the ACE Study questions. The content of the questions was based on a number of research studies from the literature over the past 40 years including that of Emmy Werner and others. Its purpose is limited to parenting education. It was not developed for research.     

The second resiliency questionnaire was developed by Kate White and Marti Glenn, and is based on therapeutic strategies when working with early trauma. Your participation is welcome. These scores will be anonymous; no one will connect the answers with your email or computer address.  They are not prescriptive nor are they to be used instead of treatment but can be part of a healthy approach to promote consciousness and resiliency.  For more information on this project email Kate White at educate@birthpsychology.com.

For More Information On The ACE Study:

ACES Too High is a news site that reports on research about adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress. We also cover how people, organizations, agencies and communities are implementing practices based on the research. This includes developments in education,  juvenile justice, criminal justice, public health, medicine, mental health, social services, and cities, counties and states.

ACE Video Asks, Do Adverse Childhood Events Contribute To Adult Illness? 

How Childhood Trauma Makes You A Sick Adult, a video interview with Dr. Vincent Felliti, researcher on the ACE Study.