This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition participants are male and female adolescents 13-16 years at risk for continuing to commit criminal offences.
Treatments multisystemic therapy, yot (usual services)
Sponsor The Brandon Centre, London
Start date November 2003
End date September 2010
Trial size 108 participants
Trial identifier NCT01713088, MSTBC2012


To evaluate whether Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is more effective in reducing youth offending and out-of-home placement in a large, ethnically diverse, urban U.K. sample than an equally comprehensive management protocol; to determine whether MST leads to broader improvements in youth sociality and in mediators believed to be responsible for change in MST.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose prevention
MST is a family- and community-based intervention that establishes close contact with families to understand and deal with the factors that cause the young person's antisocial behaviour. The intervention targets the individual's adjustment, family relationships, school functioning and peer group affiliations. Therapists help caretakers develop skills to intervene and operate changes in important domains such as young person's individual adjustment, their family relationships, school functioning, and peer group affiliations.
multisystemic therapy
(Active Comparator)
YOT intervention consisted of services currently available to young offenders in accordance with the Youth Justice Board National Standards.These services included supporting the young person to re-engage with education, with substance misuse problems and anger management; training them in social problem-solving skills; and programs to decrease vehicle-crime, violent-offending and knife crime. The treatments were delivered by professional social workers, specialist therapists or probation officers.
yot (usual services)

Primary Outcomes

Change in offending behavior based on police records of criminal offenses committed
time frame: baseline and 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 months post randomization

Secondary Outcomes

self- and parent-rated symptoms of antisocial behavior, delinquency-linked cognitions, personality functioning, and parenting variables
time frame: baseline and 6 months after randomization

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 13 years up to 16 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - age between 13 and 16 years; - living in the home of and being brought up by a parent or principal caretaker; - on a court referral order for treatment or a supervision order of at least 3 months' duration, or, following imprisonment, on license in the community for at least 6 months. Exclusion Criteria: - being a sex offender; - presented only with substance misuse; - diagnosed with a psychotic illness or posed a risk to trial personnel; - incompatible agency involvement (e.g., ongoing care proceedings).

Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2012.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by The Brandon Centre, London.