Multisystemic therapy for disruptive behavior problems in youths with autism spectrum disorders: A progress report

David V. Wagner, Charles M. Borduin, Stephen M. Kanne, Micah O. Mazurek, Janet E. Farmer, Rachel M.A. Brown

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Abstract

Youths with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often engage in serious disruptive behaviors that interfere with their ability to successfully manage day-to-day responsibilities and contribute to relationship problems with caregivers, peers, and teachers. Effective treatments are needed to address the factors linked with disruptive behavior problems in this population of youths. Multisystemic therapy (MST) is a comprehensive family- and community-based treatment approach that has been effective with other difficult-to-treat populations of youths and holds promise for youths with ASD. In this article, we review the broad range of factors associated with disruptive behaviors among youths with ASD and discuss how MST interventions can be adapted to address those factors. We also present a framework for our adaptation of the MST model for youths with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-331
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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