What is it about?

The present study examined criminal and civil court outcomes for sexually offending youths who participated on average 24.9 years earlier in a clinical trial of multisystemic therapy for problem sexual behaviors (MST-PSB). This study represents the longest and most comprehensive follow-up to date of an MST-PSB clinical trial and demonstrates that the positive effects of an evidence-based youth treatment for sexual crimes can last well into adulthood.

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Why is it important?

This study demonstrates that a comprehensive, family-based treatment for youth sexual offending can have a lasting impact on participants’ lives. The findings are useful for policymakers and service providers to consider in their selection of mental health interventions for youths who engage in sexual offenses.

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This page is a summary of: Long-term effects of multisystemic therapy for problem sexual behaviors: A 24.9-year follow-up to a randomized clinical trial., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, May 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000646.
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