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Multisystemic therapy for serious juvenile offenders: A qualitative study of service users' perspectives.

Lawrie, S.; (2005) Multisystemic therapy for serious juvenile offenders: A qualitative study of service users' perspectives. Doctoral thesis , University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This literature review examines the main psychological interventions for youth offending with a focus on Multisystemic Therapy (MST). As a large proportion of youth offending is carried out by youths diagnosed with Conduct Disorder, an overview of the nature of this disorder is firstly given. Traditional treatment approaches are then reviewed and the limitations of these are highlighted. A description and review of MST, which has been specifically developed for treating persistent juvenile offenders is provided, in which it is argued that this approach addresses the limitations of other psychological interventions. MST targets the known multiple determinants of Conduct Disorder and aims to intervene in the multiple settings that the youth and family are embedded. Although it is considered to have a relatively large evidence base, nearly all studies have been carried out by its developers, there is uncertainty about its 'active ingredients', and little is known about service users' experiences of MST. Qualitative research may be one useful approach to understanding the processes and outcome of MST from the perspectives of youth and families themselves.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Multisystemic therapy for serious juvenile offenders: A qualitative study of service users' perspectives.
Identifier: PQ ETD:592982
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by Proquest
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445658
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