Multisystemic Therapy for Externalizing Youth

  • Zajac K
  • Randall J
  • Swenson C
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Externalizing problems are multidetermined and related to individual, family, peer, school, and community risk factors. Multisystemic therapy (MST) was originally developed to address these risk factors among youth with serious conduct problems who are at-risk for out-of-home placement. Several decades of research have established MST as an evidence-based intervention for adolescents with serious clinical problems, including serious offending, delinquency, substance abuse, and parental physical abuse and neglect. This article presents an overview of the clinical procedures and evidence base of MST for externalizing problems as well as 2 adaptations: MST for Substance Abuse and MST for Child Abuse and Neglect.

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  • Externalizing problems
  • Juvenile offenders
  • Multisystemic therapy
  • Physical abuse and neglect
  • Substance abuse

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  • Kristyn Zajac

  • Jeff Randall

  • Cynthia Cupit Swenson

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