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Littell, Julia H and Campbell, Margo and Green, Stacy and Toews, Barbara [The Cochrane Library] . (2005) Multisystemic Therapy for social, emotional, and behavioral problems in youth aged 10-17. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Art. No.: CD004797. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004797.pub4

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1465185...

Background: Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, home-based intervention for families of youth with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Masters-level therapists engage family members in identifying and changing individual, family, and environmental factors thought to contribute to problem behavior. Intervention may include efforts to improve communication, parenting skills, peer relations, school performance, and social networks. Most MST trials were conducted by program developers in the USA; results of one independent trial are available and others are in progress.

Objective: To provide unbiased estimates of the impacts of MST on restrictive out-of-home living arrangements, crime and delinquency, and other behavioral and psychosocial outcomes for youth and families.

Conclusion: There is inconclusive evidence of the effectiveness of MST compared with other interventions with youth. There is no evidence that MST has harmful effects.


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