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Title: Multisystemic Therapy: An Effective Violence Prevention Approach for Serious Juvenile Offenders
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (February 1996)  Pages:47-61
Author(s): S W Henggeler; P B Cunningham; S G Pickrel; S K Schoenwald; M J Brondino
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA-08029; MH51852-01A1
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A treatment approach known as Multisystemic Therapy (MST) has demonstrated long-term reductions in criminal activity and violence among youth at high risk for perpetrating violence.
Abstract: A highly individualized therapeutic approach involving the family and the community, MST is consistent with social- ecological behavior models. MST therapists develop individual treatment plans designed to empower families and emphasize outcome accountability. Central aspects of MST coincide with the recent public health agenda concerning violence prevention. Moreover, as demonstrated by findings of controlled clinical trials, the success of MST supports the viability of the public health approach to treating serious juvenile offenders. MST offers at least two opportunities to prevent violence. First, youths who engage in serious antisocial behavior also engage in behavior that places them at high risk for criminal victimization. Consequently, criminal victimization can be reduced by changing high-risk behavior patterns, such as carrying weapons, staying out all night, and associating with gang members. Second, violence can be reduced by successfully targeting high-risk youths whose families are responsible for the vast majority of crimes in many communities. In light of the broad range of psychosocial difficulties exhibited by serious juvenile offenders and their cost to society, violence prevention strategies that recognize multiple determinants of criminal behavior and target youth at greatest risk of committing violent acts are essential. 40 references and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Behavior modification; Children at risk; Crime prevention measures; Juvenile statistics; Juvenile treatment methods; Problem behavior; Serious juvenile offenders; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention
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