Multisystemic treatment: A meta-analysis of outcome studies

School of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Journal of Family Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.89). 10/2004; 18(3):411-9. DOI: 10.1037/0893-3200.18.3.411
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ABSTRACT Multisystemic treatment (MST) is a family- and home-based therapeutic approach that has been found to be effective in treating antisocial youths and that has recently been applied to youths with serious emotional disturbances. In light of the increasing dissemination of MST, this review examines the effectiveness of MST by quantifying and summarizing the magnitude of effects (treatment outcomes) across all eligible MST outcome studies. Included in a meta-analysis were 7 primary outcome studies and 4 secondary studies involving a total of 708 participants. Results indicated that across different presenting problems and samples, the average effect of MST was d = .55; following treatment, youths and their families treated with MST were functioning better than 70% of youths and families treated alternatively. Results also showed that the average effect of MST was larger in studies involving graduate student therapists (i.e., efficacy studies; d = .81) than in studies with therapists from the community (i.e., effectiveness studies; d = .26). In addition, MST demonstrated larger effects on measures of family relations than on measures of individual adjustment or peer relations.

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    • "Findings across these studies have consistently favored MST in comparison with control conditions. A meta-analysis of MST trials (Curtis, Ronan, and Borduin, 2004) included seven of these studies (708 total participants, 35 MST therapists), and effect sizes averaged 0.50 for criminal behavior, 1.01 for arrest seriousness, and 0.29 for substance use. Further, these studies typically have been completed in field settings and included few exclusion criteria, features that strengthen support for treatment effectiveness of MST in real-world community practice settings. "
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    • "These results suggest that interventions aimed at reducing criminal recidivism by addressing risk and/or protective factors may be less effective in juvenile offenders with substance use problems. This is consistent with findings of Henggeler and colleagues (1999, 2006) in which the well documented capacity of MST to reduce rearrest rates (Curtis et al., 2004; Henggeler, 1999) did not emerge in substance abusing juvenile offenders. These findings suggest that changing offending behavior may be more difficult with increasing levels of substance use problems. "
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    • "In addition, historical data based on the systematic review conducted by Curtis, Ronan, and Borduin (2004) concluded that youth and families treated with MST were functioning better than 70% of youth and families in the comparison groups. Because a noninferiority margin is chosen as the smallest value that would be a clinically important effect (Wiens, 2002), a 15% noninferiority margin for this study was consistent with and supported by the historical data (Curtis et al., 2004). A post hoc power analysis with PASS v12 was conducted to examine the power of the present analysis to detect differences with the current sample. "
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