Systematic Review of the Evaluation of Foster Care Programs

  1. Laura Vallejo-Slocker
  2. Nahia Idoiaga-Mondragon
  3. Inge Axpe
  4. Rosalind Willi
  5. Mercedes Guerra-Rodríguez
  6. Carme Montserrat
  7. Jorge F. del Valle
Journal:
Psychosocial Intervention

ISSN: 1132-0559

Year of publication: 2024

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-14

Type: Article

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

(Indicator corresponding to the last year available on this portal, year 2022)
  • Year 2022
  • Journal Impact Factor: 4.8
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 4.4
  • Article influence score: 0.917
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 24/147 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

SCImago Journal Rank

(Indicator corresponding to the last year available on this portal, year 2022)
  • Year 2022
  • SJR Journal Impact: 1.437
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: Applied Psychology Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 42/249
  • Area: Developmental and Educational Psychology Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 44/349
  • Area: Social Psychology Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 36/299

Índice Dialnet de Revistas

(Indicator corresponding to the last year available on this portal, year 2022)
  • Year 2022
  • Journal Impact: 3.750
  • Field: PSICOLOGÍA Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 6/109
  • Field: SOCIOLOGÍA Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 1/73

CIRC

  • Social Sciences: A+

Scopus CiteScore

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  • Year 2022
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 8.2
  • Area: Social Psychology Percentile: 93
  • Area: Developmental and Educational Psychology Percentile: 92
  • Area: Applied Psychology Percentile: 86

Journal Citation Indicator (JCI)

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  • Year 2022
  • Journal Citation Indicator (JCI): 1.48
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 28/215

Abstract

: The aim of this study was to conduct an exhaustive synthesis to determine which instruments and variables are most appropriate to evaluate foster care programs (foster, kinship, and professional families). This evaluation includes the children, their foster families, their families of origin, professionals, and foster care technicians. Method: The systematic review included randomized, quasi-randomized, longitudinal, and control group studies aimed at evaluating foster care interventions. Results: A total of 86 studies, 138 assessment instruments, 18 constructs, and 73 independent research teams were identified. Conclusions: (1) although the object of the evaluations was the children, the informants were usually the people in charge of their care; therefore, effort should be made to involve the children in a more participatory way; (2) psychosocial functioning, behavior, and parenting are transversal elements in most evaluations, while quality of life and coping are not sufficiently well incorporated; (3) practical instruments (brief and easy to apply and correct) that are widely used and carry scientific guarantees should be prioritized to ensure the comparability and reliability of the conclusions; and (4) progress should be made in the study of evaluation models for all forms of foster care, including foster, extended, and specialized families.