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Q Does multisystemic therapy reduce long term arrest rates in young people with a history of serious crime?
Randomised controlled trial.
Investigators obtaining data were not informed of treatment group.
Follow up period:
Mean follow up was 13.7 years (range 11.8 to 15.2 years) after probation.
Families referred to the Missouri Delinquency Project by court personnel between July 1983 and October 1986.
176 people with a history of >1 felony offence aged 12–17 years, living with at least one parent figure; no psychosis or dementia.
Multisystemic therapy (MST): intensive sessions with a therapist in the family home, targeting personal and group behavioural factors, to empower and educate parents. Individual therapy (IT): usual treatment, focusing on the individual, providing support …
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