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CASSARINO-PEREZ, Luciana; CORDOVA, Vitória Ermel; MONTSERRAT, Carme  e  SARRIERA, Jorge Castellà. Transition from care to adulthood: a systematic review of intervention programs. Temas psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.26, n.3, pp. 1665-1681. ISSN 1413-389X.

The objective of this study was to map the scientific production of the last decade on intervention programs to favor the emancipation of youth leaving the protection system after turning 18 years old. Twenty articles were selected through a systematic review of literature. These articles were indexed in the following databases: Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), Literatura Latino-Americana e do Caribe em Ciências da Saúde (LILACS), PubMed, PsycINFO, Pro Quest Psychology Journals and Web of Science. The majority of the articles were written in North America, using either longitudinal or transversal quantitative design. The studies evaluated the interventions using three types of evaluation design: process (15), effect (15) and impact (2). The programs differed in type (housing, short-term and or long-term); content (independent life skills, education and work); and method (different degrees of participation). Besides exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each intervention program, this article discusses the relevance of the evaluation processes to scientific advance in this field. As a conclusion, it is argued that to favor the transition process the intervention should have the following characteristics: in long-term basis; combine independent life skills with emotional, social and community support; to consider participants individual and cultural differences as well as their capability of making decisions.

Palavras-chave : Residential care; foster care; adolescence; intervention.

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