Understanding Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) - Adolescents

The Understanding Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) during adolescence resource provides invaluable information regarding the types of activities and experiences that shape a youth's life, development, and future health. The resource contains PCEs that can help youth be more resilient, succeed in school, and have better health outcomes. Youth who had six or seven of these PCEs had four times lower prevalence of depression and poor mental health in adulthood than those with only two or less. 

This resource was created through a partnership between Families Together, Inc., Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC), the TASN School Mental Health Initiative (SMHI), and the Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment project. (Updated 2021.07)


This resource is intended for educational purposes only. The information contained herein is not intended to take the place of informed professional diagnosis, advice, or recommendations. Families Together, KPIRC, the TASN SMHI, and Kansas MTSS and Alignment assume no liability for errors or for the way in which this information is used.

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Brief / Fact Sheet / Tip Sheet, Family / Community Resource
Related Services / Support Staff, Family / Community, Educators, Administrators
Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS), Mental Health, Family/Community Engagement
Middle School (6 − 9), High School (9 − 12)
TASN School Mental Health Initiative
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