Originally published at: https://heroesace.geektherapy.com/2019/03/02/adding-attachment-to-the-aces/
After completing the Anakin Skywalker post, it was apparent that the Adverse Childhood Experiences was missing the important role that attachment plays in development.
As such, I came across an instrument used by Complex Trauma Resources, which they have given me permission to use.
Here are the areas that they consider:
- Psychological abuse by parents/caregivers; e.g. verbal abuse, excessive punishment
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional neglect
- Physical neglect or malnourishment
- Domestic violence
- Parental alcoholism or drug use in home
- Loss of biological parent before age 18 (Death or absence)
- Parental mental illness or depression
- Household member imprisoned
- Multiple changes in placement or primary caregiver
- Serious medical issue involving hospitalization?
Notice that the wording is simpler, and now instead of 10 items, there are 12. The two additional areas being considered are: changes in caregiving; and serious medical issues that would take a child away from their primary caregiver.
In future posts, I will be using this alignment, noting that items 1-10 go towards the ACE’s total score; while 11 & 12 are attachment related.
I’ve wanted to include attachment because it is a buffer to the impacts of developmental trauma. Below are some of the impacts of adverse childhood experiences can have on an individual in their youth and adult years.!(upload://owy8x6IYhPBbpDBgsLr84TZkTsa.jpeg)
Don’t lose hope. This video clip, while lengthy, explains that even if ACE’s happen, healing can occur through a healthy attachment: