September 29


A 17-Item Checklist Geared to Neutralize Early Life Hardship

By Peter Julian

September 29, 2019

The positive childhood experiences (PCE) exam asks individuals about topics surrounding their upbringing such as family interactions and feeling protected by adults. There is also a test known as the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) which highlights any negative experiences that someone endures during childhood. It has been shown that those who have gone through several negative childhood experiences with minimal positive ones end up costing the economy up to $1.33 trillion annually. This is because a traumatic childhood can directly lead to poor health in the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • The PCE list contains several positive experiences such as feeling a sense of belonging and being able to talk to families about feelings.
  • A systemic review in 2019 revealed that the consequences of negative childhood experiences cost the economy $1.33 trillion annually.
  • Since poor health can lead to consequential outcomes later in life, school teachers and neighbors can help prevent this by lending a helping hand.

“dults who self-reported having more positive childhood experiences (PCE) before the age of 18 tended to have a lower likelihood of clinical depression or poor adult mental health along with a higher probability of healthier interpersonal relationships in adulthood.”

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