Sharing – Seven Early Experiences with Potential Benefits in Adulthood

I have to admit, before seeing this article, I didn’t know much about Positive Childhood Experiences (PCE) either, let alone that someone was studying their effect on adulthood, and possibly on counteracting the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).

This study seems to suggest that these things can help:

Below are the seven items on the positive childhood experience (PCE) psychometric analysis. For each item, respondents are asked to respond “yes” or “no” to a prompt, “Before the age of 18, I was…”


  • Able to talk with the family about my feelings
  • Felt that my family stood by me during difficult times
  • Enjoyed participating in community traditions
  • Felt a sense of belonging in high school
  • Felt supported by friends
  • Had at least two non-parent adults who took a genuine interest in me
  • Felt safe and protected by an adult in my home

Read more about the study here:

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