Family preservation using multisystemic treatment: Long-term follow-up to a clinical trial with serious juvenile offenders
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- Henggeler, S.W., Melton, G.B., Smith, L.A. et al. J Child Fam Stud (1993) 2: 283. doi:10.1007/BF01321226
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In a randomized clinical trial, multisystemic family preservation was shown to significantly reduce rates of criminal activity and incarceration in a sample of 84 serious juvenile offenders and their multi-need families. In the current study, archival records were searched for re-arrest an average of 2.4 years post-referral. Survival analysis showed that youths who received multisystemic family preservation were less likely to be re-arrested than were youths who had received usual services. Such results represent the first controlled demonstration that family preservation, when delivered via a clearly specified treatment model, has lasting effects with serious juvenile offenders. Implications for family preservation and juvenile justice research are discussed.