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Multisystemic therapy reduces long term rearrest compared with usual treatment

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Q Does multisystemic therapy reduce long term arrest rates in young people with a history of serious crime?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Investigators obtaining data were not informed of treatment group.

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Mean follow up was 13.7 years (range 11.8 to 15.2 years) after probation.

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Families referred to the Missouri Delinquency Project by court personnel between July 1983 and October 1986.

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176 people with a history of >1 felony offence aged 12–17 years, living with at least one parent figure; no psychosis or dementia.

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Multisystemic therapy (MST): intensive sessions with a therapist in the family home, …

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  • For correspondence: Cincy M Schaeffer, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA; cschaeff{at}

  • Sources of funding: Missouri Department of Social Services; the University of Missouri - Columbia Research Council; National Institute of Mental Health.

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