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ERIC Number: EJ959669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
An Independent Evaluation of Mode Deactivation Therapy for Juvenile Offenders
Thoder, Vincent J.; Cautilli, Joseph D.
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v7 n1 p41-46 2011
Juveniles who commit crimes are likely to exhibit conduct problems in their youth. Persistent and long-term antisocial behavior can be seen in very young children. To treat these children, programs must be designed to meet the needs of them on an individualized basis. Residential treatment, typically, is the answer, but research has shown its ineffectiveness. Longitudinal studies and meta-analyses have shown cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to be effective. Mode deactivation therapy (MDT) is a form of CBT based on the theory of a network of cognitive, affective, motivational, and behavioral components that create a personality--"modes." Modes are activated and create emotional dysregulation and behavioral disorders. In MDT, using a manualized treatment, the therapist reduces symptoms of behavior disorder, physical and sexual aggression, anxiety, and traumatic stress while keeping the juvenile offenders out of long-term, out-of-home placements. This present study examines 39 adjudicated Pennsylvania males (ages ranging from 14 to 17). Using baseline scores and comparing them to posttreatment scores, outcomes are measure and the effectiveness of MDT can be observed. It is important to note that all measures of the DSMD, the CBCL, the Beliefs about Victims, the Beliefs about Aggression, and the JSOP-A show a significant decreases in antisocial behaviors. Additionally, at the one year mark, recidivism rates were 7% and none were personal or sexual offenses. (Contains 1 table.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist