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Psicologia: Ciência e Profissão

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MARIN, Angela Helena et al. Dropout in Psychological Interventions with Parents of Children and Adolescents: Experience Report. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2019, vol.39, e187233.  Epub Nov 28, 2019. ISSN 1414-9893.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-3703003187233.

Dropouts in research evaluating the effects of interventions with parents of children and adolescents has been less investigated by Brazilian researchers, who face difficulties to complete pilot studies, often carried out with scarce resources and small samples. This study proposes a critical analysis of experiences with participant’s dropouts in four pieces of research that evaluated intervention programs delivered by the authors of this paper, in light of recent literature. Analysis of the experiences revealed percentages between 40% and 80% of dropouts after the recruitment or the beginning of intervention. Among the reasons listed to justify the dropout are: lack of interest, the disagreement between the spouses related to the agreement, the distance between home and interventions’ venue and mismatch of schedules. We conclude that a closer relationship between researchers and the community can result in an increase of trust and retention, which can expand the potential of social insertion and scientific dissemination of research conducted with this population.

Keywords : Psychological interventions; Dropouts; Parents; Children; Adolescents.

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