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NCJ Number: 183503 Find in a Library
Title: Multisystemic Therapy (MST): An Overview
Corporate Author: Consortium on Children, Families and the Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Consortium on Children, Families and the Law
Clemson, SC 29631
Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0660
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia
UVA Health System, P.O. Box 800660
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0660
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is an overview of multisystemic therapy (MST).
Abstract: MST is a family- and home-based treatment that strives to change how youth function in their natural settings-home, school and neighborhood-in ways that promote positive social behavior while decreasing antisocial behavior. MST targets chronic, violent or substance-abusing juvenile offenders at risk of out-of-home placement. MST typically uses the family preservation model of service delivery, where therapists have small caseloads; are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and provide services in the family’s home at times convenient to them. The average length of treatment is about 60 hours of contact provided during a 4-month period. This approach has been effective with youth and families of various ages, socioeconomic status, and cultural backgrounds. Studies are underway to determine the effectiveness of the MST model with other populations of youth who have various clinical problems; for youth experiencing psychiatric emergencies MST may be used as an alternative to emergency hospitalization. Bibliography, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Family support; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile social adjustment; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Models; Treatment intervention model; Treatment techniques
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