Reducing Recidivism and Symptoms in Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions and Justice System Involvement
Department of Psychiatry
Criminology and Criminal Justice | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
The peak years of offending in the general population and among those with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) are during emerging adulthood. There currently are no evidence-based interventions for reducing offending behavior among 18-21 year olds, with or without SMHC. This open trial examined outcomes from an adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy (MST), an effective juvenile recidivism reduction intervention, modified for use with emerging adults with SMHC and recent justice system involvement. MST for emerging adults (MST-EA) targets MH symptoms, recidivism, problem substance use, and young adult functional capacities. All study participants (n = 41) were aged 17-20 and had a MH diagnosis and recent arrest or incarceration. Implementation outcomes indicated that MST-EA was delivered with strong fidelity, client satisfaction was high, and the majority of participants successfully completed the intervention. Research retention rates also were high. Pre-post-analyses revealed significant reductions in participants' MH symptoms, justice system involvement, and associations with antisocial peers.
DOI of Published Version
J Behav Health Serv Res. 2014 Jul 15. Link to article on publisher's site
The journal of behavioral health services and research
Davis M, Sheidow AJ, McCart MR. (2014). Reducing Recidivism and Symptoms in Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions and Justice System Involvement. Psychiatry Publications. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-014-9425-8. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/psych_pp/660