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There is a printable chart below which you can post on your bulletin board. It is a guide for making personal choices about daily problems. It is intended to help you live a more comfortable life and to help your children to achieve happiness and success. Here is the same text but in web ready format.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE test ) has proven to be a good
predictor of adult behavior. One can quickly estimate their ACE score
by answering the ten YES or NO questions below. Adults who have
low scores (0-2), generally don’t have serious social problems, but
those with high scores (5-10) do. Adults have had little control over
their childhood experiences, but they do have some control over their
adult behavior. It does require effort and intentionally maintaining
a positive goal orientation by high ACE scorers to succeed but they can
become successful people. Those with low scores can be happy adults
with a little effort by simply avoiding socially unpleasant situations. The
lucky ones are those who have low ACE scores and high PCE (Positive
Childhood Experiences). In your daily life you can suppress ACE-like
activities in yourself and in others and support the positive PCE ones.


Did a parent or other adult in your household swear at you, insult
you, put you down, or humiliate you in front of others? __
Did a parent or other adult in your household often push, grab, slap,
or throw something at you for something you did? __
Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever touch or
fondle you, or have you touch their body, in a sexual way? __
Did you feel that no one in your family loved you. They all treated your
goals as foolish and disparaged your successes? __
Did you often feel that you didn’t have enough to eat, or had to wear
dirty clothes, or your parents were too high to take care of you? __
Did your parents separate or divorce before you were 18? __
Was your guardian often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something
thrown at them, or ever threatened with a weapon? __
Did you live with anyone who often got drunk or who used street drugs
to cope with their problems? __
Was a household member depressed, mentally ill, or suicidal? __
Did a household member ever go to prison? __

Add up your “Yes” answers ____ That is your ACE score


Did a parent or other adult in your household often praise you for your
real accomplishments, and sometimes in front of other people? __
Did a parent or other adult sometimes give you special  gifts or other
unexpected honors for things you did? __
Did an adult or other person 5 years older than you ever give you
responsibility to perform important and potentially costly actions? __
Did you always feel that your family members loved you and felt that you
were productive? __
Did you always feel that you had plenty to eat, clean clothes available,
a safe home, and someone to protect you if necessary? __
Were your parents always eagerly supporting you and each other in
their unique personal endeavors? __
Would your guardian defend your rights against other people and step
between you and someone who was bullying you? __
Did any adult you lived with purposefully solve family problems with
organized discussions, where you had a personal time to speak? __
Did anyone you lived with work in voluntary programs to help people
disabled by money, alcohol, drug, physical or mental problems? __
Did a household member ever receive a public-sponsored award for
community achievement? __

Add up your “Yes” answers ____ This is your PCE score. PCE – ACE  = ____


The Positive Childhood Experience test is a flip of the Adverse Childhood
Experience test. It would seem reasonable to assume the positive effects
of a positive childhood would bring about a comfortable and productive
adult life. It would also seem reasonable to avoid the negative ACE acts
and promote the PCE ones. We may not be able to change our childhood
experiences, but we can change our personal adult ones, and our children’s
scores. We can avoid high ACE situations and seek people who have high
PCE scores and behaviors for our friends and for our children’s friends.

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Here is the same material as the above questions but in a printable .pdf format.


Or a big jpg for easy viewing. Click picture below for a bigger image.


Adverse Childhood Experiences ACE versus Positive Childhood Experiences PCE

Since publishing this chart I have observed a surprising amount of behavior that clearly fits the ACE and PCE questions, and I think you will too.

To some degree, we are our brothers’ keepers, and we may choose to replace Adverse Childhood Experiences with Positive Childhood Experiences.