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Presented at the 17th Annual Research Conference

Staying the Course: Correlates and Effects of Therapist Adherence to the MST Model

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Session Number: 44 Room: Salon B

Presenting: Sarah Hurley; Mark Vander Weg; Tim Goldsmith

All Authors for this paper: Sarah Hurley; Mark Vander Weg; Tim Goldsmith

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: Therapist adherence is essential in the implementation of evidence-based treatment models. Using data from a clinical trial of Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), correlates of therapist adherence and the effects of adherence on client outcome are examined. Therapist adherence is measured using a 15-item scale from the 26-item Therapist Adherence Measure, and client outcome is determined through several established assessment instruments. Client demographics, family and environmental characteristics, presenting problem, and school functioning were found to correlate with adherence. Level of adherence predicted improvement in school functioning, delinquency, aggression, and caregiver functioning. Discussion centers on discovering the mechanisms responsible for the relationships observed.

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Session Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Presentation Time: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM