ERIC Number: EJ1041068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Transportability of Multisystemic Therapy to Community Settings: Can a Program Sustain Outcomes without MST Services Oversight?
Smith-Boydston, Julianne M.; Holtzman, Rochelle J.; Roberts, Michael C.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v43 n5 p593-605 Oct 2014
Background: Multisystemic therapy (MST) has been shown to be effective in treating delinquent behavior in youth. However, some community agencies with MST programs are unable to afford the ongoing costs of licensure and quality assurance oversight provided by MST services. Objective: The present study utilized retrospective archival analyses of court charges to evaluate and compare the outcomes of youth participating in MST in a community mental health center with and without MST services oversight. Results: The results showed that court charges decreased for youth in the oversight group but not for youth in the non-oversight group. The two groups also differed in age, pretreatment charges, therapist contacts, and progress on goals. Conclusions: Implications of our findings are discussed in terms of policy changes affecting program structure and outcome as well as how community settings can afford ongoing support of evidence-based treatment programs.
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Therapy, Delinquency, Behavior Modification, Court Litigation, Outcomes of Treatment, Community Health Services, Mental Health, Counseling Effectiveness, Age Differences, Goal Orientation, Costs, Comparative Analysis
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