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Multisystemic Therapy for Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition



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Medical Univ. of South Carolina, Charleston. Explains the principles of multisystemic therapy (MST) and provides guidelines for assessment and intervention with delinquent youth and their families. Topics include peer interventions, treating substance abuse, and MST outcomes. For psychotherapists. Previous edition: c1998. DNLM: Social Behavior Disorders--therapy.

Author Biography

Scott W. Henggeler, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also Director of the University's Family Services Research Center, which recently received the Annie E. Casey Foundation Families Count Award, as well as the Points of Light Foundation President's Award in recognition of excellence in community service directed at solving community problems.  Dr. Henggeler has published more than 250 journal articles, book chapters, and books, and is on the editorial boards of nine journals. His research and social policy interests include the development and validation of innovative methods of mental health and substance abuse services for disadvantaged children and their families; efforts for redistributing mental health and substance abuse treatment resources to services that are clinically effective and cost-effective, and preserve family integrity; and investigating the transport of evidence-based treatments to community settings.


Sonja K. Schoenwald, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She served as Associate Director of the Family Services Research Center from 1994 to 2004. Dr. Schoenwald pioneered the development, refinement, and empirical testing of the training and quality assurance protocols used to transport multisystemic therapy to usual care settings. Her research focuses on the transportability, implementation, and dissemination of effective community-based treatments for youth and families. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has coauthored three books and several treatment manuals and monographs.


Charles M. Borduin, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Director of the Missouri Delinquency Project. He has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and books on the development and validation of effective mental health services for youth with complex clinical problems, and has served as a national and international consultant to government and private agencies on the reform of children’s mental health services.


Melisa D. Rowland, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina.  Her research interests focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating clinically effective family-based interventions for youth presenting with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Rowland is the coinvestigator in charge of clinical and project implementation on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study designed to evaluate the relative effectiveness of three training protocols with increasing intensity in supporting the implementation of contingency management by practitioners treating adolescent substance abusers in the South Carolina mental health and substance abuse sectors. She is also the coinvestigator in charge of clinical implementation for an Annie E. Casey Foundation-funded project designed to develop an evidence-based continuum of services for youth with antisocial behaviors at risk of out-of-home placement in New York City.


Phillippe B. Cunningham, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. He has had a long-standing commitment to addressing the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents, especially those who are disadvantaged and underserved. Dr. Cunningham is a recipient of the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology. In 2006, he participated in the First Lady’s Conference on Helping America’s Youth.


Table of Contents

The Multisystemic Therapy Theory of Change: Conceptual and Empirical Basesp. 1
Clinical Foundations withp. 12
Family Interventionsp. 51
Peer Interventionsp. 124
Promoting Educational and Vocational Success withp. 154
When and How to Conduct Individually Oriented Interventionsp. 182
Building Social Supports for Familiesp. 229
Treating Substance Abusep. 250
MST Outcomesp. 267
Quality Assurance and Improvement: Fundamental to MST Programs Worldwidep. 282
Referencesp. 301
Indexp. 317
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