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WESCHENFELDER, Gelson Vanderlei; YUNES, Maria Angela Mattar  and  FRADKIN, Chris. The pre-cloak/pre-mask phase of comic superheroes: inspiration for psychoeducational interventions. Pesqui. prát. psicossociais [online]. 2020, vol.15, n.1, pp. 1-12. ISSN 1809-8908.

Superhero comic book histories are generally focused on power, strength, courage and resilience, inspiring themes for Social Science´s investigations. The pre-cloak/ pre-mask phase of the superheroes´ lives is a theme whose scientific literature is scarce. However, recent studies indicate that most of these fictional characters lived in adverse situations prior to being super empowered and reinforce the potential of the pre-cloak superhero as a tool for positive psychoeducational interventions. The focus of this article was to investigate interventions that use superheroes in their conceptions. For that, an exploratory mapping of national and international actions was carried out, being selected for analysis only the ones exposed by websites or fanpages. Results indicated that most interventions (70%) are in the Health area and occur eventually or sporadically. All of them use the superhero in their super empowered phase. In conclusion, this research shows that pre-cloak/pre-mask superhero life is underestimated by both clinical and educational professionals.

Keywords : Children; Empowerment; Resilience; Superheroes.

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