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Multisystemic Therapy

Description of the Strategy

Multisystemic therapy (MST) is a familyand community-based treatment of serious emotional and behavioral problems presented by adolescents. The development of this model began in the late 1970s, and today MST is a leading evidence-based treatment of serious antisocial behavior in youths, with programs transported to more than 30 states and 8 nations. This entry presents the keys to the effective outcomes achieved in randomized trials of MST, a summary of those outcomes, and the current thrust of MST-related research and dissemination efforts.

Several processes are critical to the success of MST.

Addresses Known Determinants of Problems

A wealth of longitudinal and correlational research has shown that serious antisocial behavior in adolescents (e.g., violence, substance abuse, criminal ...

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