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Multisystemic Therapy

MST Services
710 J. Dodds Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
http://www.mstservices.com/

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Contact Information:
Marshall E. Swenson
843.856.8226
marshall.swenson@mstservices.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family-focused, home-based program that focuses on chronically violent, substance-abusing juvenile offenders at high risk for out-of-home placement. It is an intensive family- and community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders. It seeks to empower parents with the skills and resources needed to independently address the difficulties that arise in raising teenagers and to empower youth to cope with family, peer, school, and neighborhood problems. It places special attention on factors in the adolescent and family's social networks that are linked with antisocial behavior. The goal is to empower both family members and youth to address and cope with problems.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Social Workers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The effectiveness of MST has been supported by several controlled, random-assignment evaluations, where youth were randomly assigned to either MST or a control group receiving other services. MST was effective across youth with varied demographic characteristics and preexisting problems. The long-term effectiveness of MST was found in youth and families two and four years after completing the program. Compared to a control group receiving other services, MST youth were significantly less likely to use substances, had fewer arrests or re-arrests for all types of offenses, engaged in less aggression with peers, and were less likely to be involved in criminal activity.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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Clemson, SC 29631-1555
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