19Multisystemic Therapy as a Strength-Based Model for Working with Multiproblem Families

Stacy R. Ryan, Phillippe B. Cunningham, Patricia A. Brennan, and Sharon L. Foster

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family treatment for changing youths' antisocial behavior (e.g., delinquency, drug abuse). Because of its success in reducing problem behavior and improving family functioning, MST is widely used in the United States, and is particularly applicable to families who experience multiple problems beyond youth delinquency, such as poverty, family disruption, school problems, and the like (see Henggeler, 2011a, for a review). A reason for the success of MST is that it is guided by research on factors that contribute to youth problem behavior. Therapists follow treatment ...

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