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ERIC Number: EJ815711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
A Current Review of Multisystemic Therapy: A Social-Ecological Approach to the Treatment of Conduct Problems among Adolescents
Harpell, Jody V.; Andrews, Jac
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v34 n1-2 p80-106 2006
A current empirical review of the treatment efficacy of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for adolescent conduct problems (CP) was conducted. Conclusions based on this review suggest that MST can be a very powerful alternative to the usual legal and social service approaches (e.g. justice system, day treatment programs) used in the treatment of adolescent CP. Assessment of the overall quality of this body of research identified strengths in the provision of MST across various treatment locations, the various dependent measures used in the research, and the long-term follow-up periods. Limitations included the lack of specificity in the descriptions of treatment and comparison groups, the direct links between the majority of researchers and MST model developers, the lack of quality assurance measures, and the over-interpretation of findings from correlational studies. MST continues to expand nationally and internationally with relatively little empirical substantiation on the world stage. This review calls for further empirical scrutiny of MST efficacy with consideration of the outlined limitations.
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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