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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.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method
Source:The Cochrane Library
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication:London
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
N Communication, information and education > Education and training > Affective and interpersonal education > Skills building
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Family or marital therapy
F Concepts in psychology > Emotion
F Concepts in psychology > Skills > Coping skills
HJ Treatment method > Behaviour therapy

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