Home-Based Behavioral-Systems family therapy with disadvantaged juvenile delinquents

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A replication of Alexander's behavioral-systems family therapy model was attempted for lower socioeconomic status juvenile offenders, most of whom had multiple offenses, including misdemeanors and felonies. Twenty-seven male and female delinquents who had either recently been placed out of the home or for whom placement was imminent were court referred to in-home time-unlimited family therapy (mean sessions = 16). A comparison group of 27 lower risk delinquents received only probation. Outcome was measured by the number and severity of offenses during a IVi-year period following group assignment. The delinquents receiving the family therapy had a recidivism rate of 11% vs. 67% for the comparison group. Sex differences are presented, as well as differences between Alexander's studies and the present one which may account for the improved outcomes with more difficult families. © 1988 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gordon, DA; Arbuthnot, J; Gustafson, KE; McGreen, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 255

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1521-0383

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0192-6187

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01926188808250729

Citation Source

  • Scopus