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NCJ Number: 230043 Find in a Library
Title: Multisystemic Therapy as an Alternative Community-Based Treatment for Youth With Severe Emotional Disturbance: Empirical Literature Review
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:March - April 2010  Pages:190-208
Author(s): Kirstin Painter, Ph.D., LCSW
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 19
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This articles reviews and discusses the theoretical basis for multisystemic theory (MST), along with program design and service function.
Abstract: According to the New Freedom Commission report (2003), the mental health system for children is very fragmented. Gaps of knowledge exist of effective, culturally competent, community-based services for children and adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance. Multisystemic therapy (MST) stands out as a culturally competent home-based service with strong empirical evidence for treating youth in the juvenile justice system and may have promise for treating youth with a serious emotional disturbance in the community mental health system. This article will present the theoretical basis of MST, program design, and service provision. A review and critique of the empirical literature on MST will be presented. Finally, implications for social work practice and research with children and adolescents in the community mental health system are discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Behavioral science research; Emotional disorders; Emotionally disturbed persons; Halfway houses; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Mental disorders; Psychiatric services; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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