Carl Grimes’ ACE Score

Posted: 07/08/2011 in Misc.
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Carl Grimes: damaged young man

********************Warning: Walking Dead spoilers ahead************************

If you’re caught up on your Walking Dead comics, you know that right now Carl Grimes is in a bad way. I have little doubt that Kirkman’s going to have the little guy pull through. But, it has made me think about what a messed up adult Carl’s going to turn out to be, and that was even before he lost half his face.

Therapists and counselors have a tool that they use to measure childhood trauma. It’s called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score. Research has found that a high ACE score can be linked to all sorts of negative consequences later in life; things like criminality, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship problems, and mental health issues. Determining a child’s ACE score assists counselors to provide early intervention and can guide treatment goals.

I decided to use the historical data found in the annals of The Walking Dead to piece together Carl’s ACE Score:

He's also been shot twice!

The results are pretty grim for young Mr. Grimes. Hopefully, one of the survivors in Alexandria has got some counseling skills.

(Childhood trauma is serious business, if you’d like to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences, visit


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