Familial Factors that Influence the Effectiveness of Multisystemic Treatment (MST) with Serious Youth Offenders in New Zealand
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
Families (N=139) participating in the Reducing Youth Offending Programmes (RYOP) in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand completed questionnaires exploring a range of family factors that influence youth offending behaviour. The aim of this research was two fold; firstly to investigate the Therapist Adherence Measures (TAM) and assess whether the same six subscales, which have been found in previous research, were also obtained in the New Zealand data, and whether TAM results predicted recidivism. The second goal was to investigate if other measures of family functioning (FRC and YBS) and therapist alliance (WAI-S) could provide additional information to the TAM with regards to recidivism. Results indicate that the RYOP TAM's produced different subscale results to the six subscales in earlier MST studies and as such a three-factor subscale model was proposed. The other measures (FRC, YBS and WAI-S) investigated added little information beyond the TAM concerning recidivism.