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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, …
For correspondence: Cincy M Schaeffer, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA;
Sources of funding: Missouri Department of Social Services; the University of Missouri - Columbia Research Council; National Institute of Mental Health.
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