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Last Updated on : 21st Apr, 2016
 
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Disruptive Behavior Problems - Adolescents

As can be seen below,  Family-Focused, Multicomponent Treatments  currently have the most research evidence for the treatment of disruptive behavior problems in adolescents. As can also be seen, the research is quite complex in this area and many different treatments have been shown to be effective.

Levels Treatment Name Specific programs Target Population
Level 1: Well-Established Combined behavioral therapy, CBT, and family therapy Multisystemic therapy JJ-involved
Treatment foster care Oregon JJ-involved
Level 2: Probably Efficacious CBT Aggression replacement training and positive peer culture JJ-involved
Solution focused group program JJ-involved
Combined behavioral therapy, CBT, and family therapy Functional family therapy JJ-involved
Multisystemic therapy Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Level 3: Possibly Efficacious Behavior therapy/parenting skills Several programs* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
CBT One program* JJ-involved
Combined behavioral therapy and CBT Several programs* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Level 4: Experimental Behavior therapy/parenting skills Several programs* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
CBT Several programs* School/ classroom disruption
Family therapy One program* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Mentoring One program* School/ classroom disruption
Combined behavioral therapy and CBT Several programs* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Several programs* JJ-involved
Combined behavioral therapy and CBT Several programs* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Several programs* JJ-involved
Combined CBT and mindfullness One program* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Combined behavioral therapy and attachment based therapy One program* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
One program* JJ-involved
Combined behavioral therapy, CBT, and family therapy One program* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
One program* JJ-involved
Combined behavioral therapy, CBT, and wraparound One program* Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
One program* JJ-involved
Level 5: Questionable efficacy Behavior therapy/parenting skills Positive family support family check up Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Contingency management Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Relaxation JJ-involved
CBT Motivational interviewing JJ-involved
Positive life changes Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Safer Teens Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Psychodynamic Human relations training Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Combined behavioral therapy and CBT Aggression replacement training plus token economy JJ-involved
Anger control training plus behavior management Disruptive behavior (not JJ-involved)
Combined humanistic, bibliotherapy, psychodynamic and CBT Counseling intervention School/ classroom disruption

For full listing of all programs and more details, please see article: McCart, M. & Sheidow, A. (in press). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for adolescents with disruptive behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Source: McCart, M. & Sheidow, A. (in press). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for adolescents with disruptive behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology."

Notes: CBT=cognitive behavioral therapy, JJ-involved =juvenile justice involved

 
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