Multisystemic Treatment of Violent and Chronic Juvenile Offenders: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice
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- Brown, T.L., Swenson, C.C., Cunningham, P.B. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (1997) 25: 221. doi:10.1023/A:1022247207249
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The lack of communication between researchers and practitioners has hindered the development of effective interventions for children and adolescents. Recently, however, significant headway in bridging this researcher-practitioner gap has been made due to the emergence of multisystemic therapy (MST) as a treatment approach that combines the rigor of science and the “real world” aspects of clinical practice in treating violent and chronic juvenile offenders and their families in community-based settings. MST addresses the multiple known determinants of delinquency and delivers services in the family's natural environment, with considerable emphasis on treatment fidelity. This article describes MST and provides a case example of how MST treatment principles are applied.