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Competing with the gang; an exploration of MST therapists’ experiences working with gang-involved young people and their families

Packer, R; (2014) Competing with the gang; an exploration of MST therapists’ experiences working with gang-involved young people and their families. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Aims: This study offers a qualitative exploration of the experiences of MST therapists when working with gang-involved young people and their families, examining whether gang-involvement has any impact upon the implementation of the model. Method: Semi-structured interviews were completed with 12 therapists and supervisors, sampled from two inner-city London boroughs. Data were transcribed and analysed thematically. Results: Three main themes were identified: The unique clinical challenge of working with gang-involved young people, MST offers the best option and MST is limited in the support it provides therapists when working with gang-involved youth. Conclusions: Results are discussed in the wider context of the existing gang-literature, highlighting clinical implications for the MST model in order to address the additional challenges implicit in working with gang-involved young people, and ways in which the current MST supervisory structure may be shaped to better support its therapists.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Competing with the gang; an exploration of MST therapists’ experiences working with gang-involved young people and their families
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1433761
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