Young People at risk of developing ASPD: the use of multi-systemic therapy as an early intervention within the family Dr Simone Fox Chartered Clinical & Forensic Psychologist MST Supervisor Merton & Kingston Dr Juliette Wait Chartered Clinical Psychologist MST Supervisor Reading PD Congress 19 th November 2009
Common findings of 50+ years of research: delinquency and drug use are determined by multiple risk factors:
Family (low monitoring, high conflict, etc.)
Peer group (law-breaking peers, etc.)
School (dropout, low achievement, etc.)
Community ( supports, transiency, etc.)
Individual (low verbal and social skills, etc.)
Delinquency is a Complex Behaviour
Causal Models of Delinquency and Drug Use Condensed Longitudinal Model Family School Delinquent Peers Delinquent Behavior Prior Delinquent Behavior Low Parental Monitoring Low Affection High Conflict Low School Involvement Poor Academic Performance Elliott, Huizinga & Ageton (1985)
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