Multisystemic Therapy® (MST) is an intensive family-and-community based treatment that was originally developed for delinquent youth who were at imminent risk of incarceration or of being placed outside of the home in other restrictive settings. MST is based on a theory of social ecology articulated by Uri Bronfenbrenner that posits that human behavior is determined by the interplay of factors present in the individual, family, peer, school or workplace, neighborhood, and community. This social-ecological model is consistent with research findings from longitudinal studies that have identified multiple risk factors for delinquency and other serious antisocial behavior in adolescents. These studies have consistently shown that the association of youths with deviant peers is a powerful predictor of delinquent behavior and that the interplay of distinct ...

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